RTA’s Chair of the Junior Committee, Jessica Miller danced for 8 years before she discovered her passion for tennis. It was when she and her siblings participated in an NJTL camp that she first realized she enjoyed the sport. Because her Dad played tennis, her family frequented the courts.
With tennis at the advantage and dance classes out, Jessica focused on competitive play in her rural town of Virginia. She traveled for USTA tournaments and led the varsity team at her high school. After high school, she joined the club tennis team at NC State University.
Jessica’s attributes her impressive playing record to her perseverance and persistence during game play.
“I never give up in a match. However down I am, I fight until the last ball. My list of matches shows that I have turned a great many so-called irretrievable defeats into victories."
A VA State Finalist in 2009, a four-time Southern Valley District Player of the Year from years 2008 to 2011, and three-time Regional Player of the Year from 2009 to 2011 are just a few of Jessica’s accomplishments. In addition, she ranked #6 in VA, placed in the top 25 in Midatlantic Region in 2010, and was named City/County Student-Athlete of the Year in 2011. Through the years 2015-2017, Jessica was a Tennis on Campus National Qualifier. She was also a Raleigh Pro League Finalist in 2018 and a Raleigh Pro League Champion in 2019.
Aside from her incredible skills on the courts, Jessica also has a passion to give back to the tennis community. In 2019, she served as a liaison to the RTA Junior Council and in 2020, she became a RTA board member.
With much fondness for what the sport gave her, Jessica says “I'm thankful to tennis for all the wonderful memories it gave my family as I grew up!”
Thank you, Jessica for all you do for tennis in Raleigh!