While this area is known more for its high school football than it likely ever will be for high school tennis, there are area ties to the successful University of Kentucky tennis program that is growing into one of the nation's best.
Last week Jesse Witten earned his fourth straight selection to the NCAA singles championships as a No. 3 seed. Since he'll also be a No. 4 seed in the doubles field of 32 with partner Tigran Martirosyan, he will become UK's first five-time tennis All-American. He's part of UK's first All-America doubles team since 1993.
Witten lost in the 2002 NCAA singles final as an unheralded freshman. The last two years he's lost to Stanford's K.C. Corkery in earlier rounds, but this season he could be one of the players to beat when the tourney starts May 25 at Texas A&M.
He's from Naples, Fla., but his uncle, Richard Witten, lives in Danville. Richard Witten's son, Chris, is the mainstay of the Danville baseball team's pitching staff, but his daughter, CeCe, plays No. 1 singles for Boyle County's tennis team even though she's only in the sixth grade. She started last year as Boyle's No. 6 player before climbing to No. 2 and this year has improved even more.