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Hanover tennis champion competing nationally

Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 10:52 am

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It’s a good time to be Danny Polk.

Hanover’s Danny Polk eyes the ball as he prepares to serve this past season.

Hanover’s Danny Polk eyes the ball as he prepares to serve this past season.

The recent graduate of Hanover High School isn’t taking time to rest in the laurels of capturing both the Virginia High School League (VHSL) Student Journalist of The Year Award and the State Group 4A Boys Singles Tennis Championship. This week sees him at Harvard University, competing in the first-ever New Balance High School Tennis Championship presented by the United States Tennis Association.

Speaking with the Herald-Progress by phone from Boston Monday evening, Polk was doing his best to take in the full experience.

“I got to go to Fenway Park on Sunday for the first time and see the Red Sox, and tonight we have a dinner where the guest speaker is Jim Courier, so it’s fun,” Polk noted.

Courier was the number one ranked men’s tennis player in the world on four occasions in the early 1990s, and twice the winner of both the French and Australian Open.

When he turned his thoughts toward the compass-play formatted, 64-player event, the usually soft-spoken Polk struggled to contain his optimism.

“I was just excited to get into this tournament. To be one of 64 players to be invited here is pretty cool,” Polk said. “And I get to wear my Hanover shirt one last time. With a compass-play tournament, I know I get to play four times.”

The event not only gives Polk a chance at winning a title at the national level, and with it an opportunity to compete in an International Tennis Federation event prior to the U.S. Junior Open, but also a look into his future when he begins collegiate play this fall at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J.

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