All year, Tess Fisher had her eyes on the NJSIAA/New Balance Girls Tennis Singles Championship. So when she lost to Stephanie Schrage in two sets, it would have been easy to show her disappointment. It would have been easy to leave the court soon after photos, or to be short with her answers to local reporters.
But Fisher, who was undefeated until that Saturday in mid-October, didn’t flinch. She stayed on the court and smiled for pictures with friends, family and coaches. She congratulated her opponent, kept her head up and — even just minutes after the match — set her eyes on the future.
“I’m really happy to have gotten here, I’m happy with how I’ve played this year,” said Fisher, a sophomore at Vineland High School. “Stephanie played great. I’m disappointed with this match, but I know there is more for me to do.”
Last week, Fisher bounced back in a big way. As the top seed, she won the Cape-Atlantic League Girls Tennis Tournament in a dominating 6-0, 6-0 match.
Fisher is already planning her next season. She’s continuing to train with her dad, and is going to compete in Middle States tournaments over the next few months. She said tournament play helps her prepare for high school matches and improves her game as a whole.
“When you train, you get better,” she said. “I’ll definitely be keeping busy and playing a lot.”
Fisher is no stranger to the spotlight. Last year, she was featured in Sports Illustrated’ s Faces in the Crowd Section, which highlights young athletes who star on their particular playing fields. http