PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Grant High School senior Dylan King picked up a tennis racquet when he was just 7 years old and has been playing the sport ever since.
King’s first season of tennis went very well at Grant, but he had a very big setback his sophomore year.
“I fractured a little segment in my lower back, and I was out for about six months from the fall to the spring. So I missed sophomore high school season, which was a pretty big bummer,” said King. “But I rehabbed it pretty strongly and haven’t really felt pain there in a while.”
“Coming back from his sophomore year where he wasn’t able to play; he had a really phenomenal season last year. He only lost one time, which is in the state finals to his teammate Andrew Finkelman,” John Carolan, who’s the Grant varsity boys head tennis coach, said.
King’s senior year has been very memorable. He won the Portland Interscholastic League (PIL) district tournament and finished the year with a 21-0 record.
“He took me out pretty bad but it was fun, and hopefully we get to play each other at state in a week,” said Finkelman, who’s a junior at Grant.
“I think I’ve definitely improved staying in the moment better, and just resetting after every point. I feel like my focus is pretty strong,” said King.
King is staying focused for the Class 6A state tournament on Thursday, May 19-21 at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center in Beaverton.
“As a team, we’ve qualified two singles players – Andrew and myself – and a doubles team,” said King. “Our No. 1 doubles team also made it. So I think we have a pretty good chance to contend for the state title again. We won it last year.”
Our Athlete of The Week said the goal is to grab a state title before heading to Yale University in New Haven, Conn., this year.
“It was almost exactly this date last year when I committed to Yale to play tennis, and that took a pretty big weight off my shoulders to have the college recruiting process over,” said King. “So this year I feel like I’ve worked pretty hard to focus on just balancing tennis and school so I kind sort of be ready for my freshman year in college.”
The Tennis Recruiting Network has King ranked No. 21 in the nation.