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Girls’ Tennis

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Program Overview

Head Coach Jeff Amurao PTR, USPTA, a former DI player at Georgetown University and current High Performance Tennis Director at CityView Racquet Club in LIC, brings a system-oriented academy mindset to the Poly tennis courts. Placing a strong emphasis on establishing a positive work ethic in order to achieve a disciplined mind and body, Amurao and his assistants understand that the keys to on-court success are sound technical skill acquisition, tactical understanding and application, peak fitness, and a never-quit attitude that carries beyond the courts. In his first full season as the girls’ coach, Coach Amurao led the Poly Prep girls’ varsity team to the brink of a championship, losing 2-3 in the finals to undefeated Hackley. With continued hard work and positive teamwork, Amurao expects his team to continue to have success, to continue to compete for championships, and to build a new tradition of excellence for Poly Prep Girls’ Tennis. 

Holyn Karp
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Girls’ Tennis Highlights

10 Ivy Prep League titles
  • On-campus tennis venue with six lighted, Poly blue courts.
Girls’ Tennis Coaches

Jeff Amurao
Head Coach

Business Phone: (917) 747-9520
Education: Georgetown University, BA 

Jeff Amurao has established himself as one of New York City’s most respected director/coaches. Jeff played DI tennis at Georgetown University, and is a USPTA Elite Level/PTR Pro certified coach with an emphasis in technical player development and high-performance training. He is the founder and program director of multiple tournament level junior and adult programs in NYC and is the current head of high performance junior tennis at CityView Racquet Club in LIC. Jeff joined the Poly Athletics Department in 2020. An agile communicator equipped with a depth of tennis knowledge, Jeff enjoys working with student athletes of all levels, from tournament caliber to beginners, as well as players returning to the game. Amurao has made an immediate impact with the Poly tennis programs. In his first full season as girls’ coach, Amurao took the girls’ team to the Ivy Championship round. “We were close. Next time.” Amurao hopes to repeat the same success with the boys in spring 2022. “In just my first full season since COVID hit, I’ve already had so many positive experiences with the players. I’m grateful to be part of the Poly family and one of my goals is to contribute to the long athletic tradition of success at Poly Prep.”

Tennis Facilities

The Boys’ and Girls’ Tennis teams train and compete on campus on six recently upgraded blue hard courts equipped with lighting and bench seating.

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Featured Athletes

Holyn Karp ‘25

Holyn is currently Poly's #1 girls singles player. In her first year competing with our varsity team as a ninth grader, she became a First Team All Ivy selection as well as a NYSAIS tournament semi-finalist. She went 11-1 as Poly Prep’s top-seeded player, leading the team all the way to the Ivy Prep League Tournament Finals during the 2021 season.

Bella Saul ‘22

Bella Saul had a stellar season in 2021, winning all but one of her regular season singles matches at 2S before evening the score, soundly defeating her opponent the second time around in the 2021 Ivy Prep Tournament Finals. Bella is a First-Team All Ivy selection and heading to Bates College, where she will represent the DIII Bobcats as a member of the women's tennis team.

Josephine Kimball ’20

A #1 player and MVP for three years, Jo led the tennis team to countless victories during her two-year tenure as captain. She has earned both First Team All-Ivy Prep League and Second Team All-Ivy Prep League twice throughout her time at Poly. Jo continues her academic and athletic career at Trinity College.
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