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History of South Women's Tennis

Women’s Tennis Overview

Tennis is a game whose origins can be traced to the 12th century French game called “jeu de palme.” In this game, players would use the palm of their hand to hit the ball over the net.  By 1859, the game had changed to using rackets.  The game has changed very little since the adoption of modern rules in the 1850’s.  Only two changes have really been made to rules.  In 1961, the rule was changed so players did not have to keep one foot on the ground while serving. (Prior to 1961, it would have been considered a fault if one foot was not on the ground at all times.)  The second rule change was the addition to a tie-breaker.

At South High School, tennis was one of the sports that was part of the Girls’ Athletic Association. The South champion would then represent the school in a tournament against the other Minneapolis schools.  This was really the only “interscholastic” competition for girls from 1910 until the beginning of the Federal Title IX law. 

Interscholastic Tennis began in the 1971-72 school year.  It is played in the fall. 

South has won 13 conference titles, beginning with the first one in the 1991-92 school year.  The others were in 1995-96. 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2004-05, 2009-10, 2010-11, and 2011-12 school years.

South has played in eight Twin City championship games.  The Tigers won the crown in 1995-96. 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2002-03, 2009-10,2010-11, and 2011-12 school years.

Four times the Tigers have appeared in the Team State Tournament, 1993-94, 1996-97, 1997-98 and 2002-03 school years. Beret Remak is the only South player to advance to the State singles competition.  Three doubles teams have appeared in the “Individual” tournament.  Cindy Wood and Karla Anderson were the first to participate, making the tournament in 1982. Melissa Keavy and Jessica Oppenheim participated in the 1992 tournament and Claire Adamsick and Brittany Istre were in the 1995 tournament.