On Oct. 24 at 10 a.m., a benefit tennis tournament at Metter High School will be held to raise funds for Wesley Woods, one of the all-time great tennis players and the school record holder for singles wins (56).
Woods played tennis for Metter High from 1997-2000. His 56 wins came at a time when schools could only play ten matches during the season, so needless to say, many of those wins came during the state playoffs.
Woods led the Tigers to four sub-region championships, their only region championship in 2000 and three trips to the GHSA Class A Final Four: finishing the seasons of 1998, 1999 and 2000 as the top Single A Public School in Georgia. He was named to the Savannah Morning News All Coastal Empire Team three times during his high school career.
“Wesley was a kid that worked hard on his tennis game. People like to say he was a natural. What people didn’t see was the hundreds of hours he spent on the city tennis courts with the lights on all hours of the night. Since I lived very near the courts, Wesley and his friends treated me and my neighbors with this nightly,” stated Woods’ former coach James Ferry. He continued, “In all seriousness, Wesley took pride in representing the Metter Tigers in competition through out the state. I wasn’t shy about finding opponents to make him better and he wasn’t shy about beating them, 56 times.”
Woods has spent the last few years as an assistant coach with Metter Middle School Tennis, winning a middle school region title.
Anyone interested in participating in the tournament can email James Ferry at email@example.com or call/text Joy Ferry at 912-690-1710. The cost to participate is $25 per participant in one of three divisions: middle school, high school or adult.
Any person or business willing to donate or become a sponsor at the tournament can contact Joy Ferry at the above number or make your contributions through venmo, Joy-Ferry-1. 100% of all funds raised will be donated to the Wesley Woods family.
Woods was recently diagnosed with Stage IV Colon Cancer and underwent surgery on Monday. Donations can also be made to the Wesley Woods Donation Account at Pineland Bank .