Del Norte’s Krishnamoorthy returns to the tennis game after knee surgery

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Last summer was going to be a critical time for Shekar Krishnamoorthy’s college tennis career.

But the recruiting surge he was expecting was reduced to lukewarm interest.

The 5-foot-9 senior from Del Norte High was sidelined following knee surgery after an accident during a doubles tournament just after the end of the school year.

Krishnamoorthy was met by his father. Literally.

Playing in the National Father-Son Tournament at Barnes Tennis Center in Point Loma in July, Krishnamoorthy was in the back of the net and stepped for the ball to return it when his father, Ashok, tripped and fell on top of his son.

At the time, the Krishnamoorthy tandem led the semi-final 6-0, 2-1, but they lost the second set 7-5 and the tiebreaker went the other way 11-9.

“Coach said I was fine, but I was limping the rest of the game,” Shekar said.

He suffered a torn meniscus and medial collateral ligament in his right knee in the crash.

Arthroscopic surgery was delayed a bit until September 30, so the summer recruitment period never happened.

Krishnamoorthy tried to put together a recruitment video of his career.

“I missed a lot of tennis that college coaches could have seen me,” he said. “I couldn’t even walk for a few weeks after the surgery.”

Krishnamoorthy, whose older brother Vinod also played for the Nighthawks, finally made his senior debut in a game last week for Del Norte.

Struggling to overcome mental reluctance following surgery has slowed his return to play.

“I thought I would tear my whole knee out again as soon as I put weight on it,” he said. “My mind was the last thing to heal because it took me a few minutes in a practice to realize the knee was fine again.”

The idea of ​​not playing in college was so alien to Krishnamoorthy that he assumed he would pick up where he left off due to the injury.

Del Norte’s Shekar Krishnamoorthy has struggled to overcome reluctance to play tennis again after his surgery. But within minutes of starting a workout, he said he realized his knee was fine.

(Courtesy of Shekar Krishnamoorthy)

He started playing, with his father, at the age of 5 when he picked up a racket for the first time.

His father/playing partner has coached him all these years. They played in a number of doubles tournaments along the way.

“I didn’t have any other sport that I was into,” Krishnamoorthy said. “I was a tennis player because it was so much fun. I even enjoyed playing mixed tennis last year at Del Norte when we finally got to play again.

“At first I didn’t want to play, but the girls are very good players at my school. I was grateful at least that we had some kind of season.

He’s spent the past spring working on improving his game, especially with the scouting blitz approaching.

Where Krishnamoorthy goes from here is still up in the air. He would still like to play college tennis, but he realizes that a scholarship is probably out of the question.

He could play junior college for a year to show the coaches that the knee is okay again.

“I applied to colleges, so maybe I could go to a four-year school right away,” he said. “I just want to play and do that in a team where I can have an impact.

“It’s definitely not the happiest time for me and my tennis career.”

The longtime 4S Ranch resident, who has lived in the same room all his life, plans to major in computer science once he finds the right school.

Krishnamoorthy would like to find a college with his major and interest in him playing tennis somewhere in California.

“Time, for a tennis player, is too good to leave behind,” he said. “I would probably play tennis every day in college.”

At least he’s thankful that his recovery is beyond sitting around watching lots of movies on TV instead of playing tennis and hitting the beach.

However, he only has one term left in Del Norte to find the right school for him.

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