Brevard rising junior Joseph Schrader has never been to Boston.
No surprise, a tennis racquet made that maiden voyage happen.
The two-time Citizen-Times All-WNC Player of the Year and back-to-back 2-A Western Regional champion will be one of 64 nationwide boys to take part in the New Balance High School Tennis Championship tournament held July 20-23 at Harvard.
“It’s a great reward for Joseph,” Blue Devils coach Mike Vandegrift said.
“Playing high school tennis has been a real plus for him. He’s really motivated to trying to get better and I know he will.”
Schrader first took up tennis as a seventh grader.
He has since compiled a 40-5 overall high school record and was the NCHSAA 2-A runner-up last spring.
“A lot of kids who are Joseph’s age, with his kind of ability, go off and play at tennis academies,” Vandegrift said.
“(U.S. Tennis Association) rankings are important. But when you talk to college coaches, they like kids that play high school tennis. It shows that they are going to be leaders and great teammates. And I think that playing high school tennis has been a real plus for Joseph.”
Schrader went 20-2 this past season and had an 8-0 record in doubles. Schrader and the Blue Devils (16-1) advanced to the NCHSAA 2-A dual team championship match for the second consecutive year.
Schrader’s father, Josh, said that the trip to Boston will be a family excursion, and that organizers of the New Balance tournament have built in such things such as a tour of Fenway Park.