In only his second year playing tennis, Tinley Park junior Dan DaLuga has found success with his doubles partners. He began the season with a first place finish in the Bremen Invitational with his teammate Joe Werner. Head coach Greg Postweiler said that DaLuga has shown a “tremendous understanding” of the game and that he “possesses the athletic ability and aggressiveness to be successful at doubles at the varsity level.”
Name: Dan DaLuga
Age/year in school: 17/Junior
Hometown: Tinley Park
Position: 2nd Doubles
How long have you played tennis? This is my second year.
What do you love most about tennis?
It’s a lot of fun to play and I love all the people on my team.
What was your biggest challenge this season? How did you overcome it?
Beating Lemont twice. My partner Alec [Mikes] and I played great and beat one of our biggest rivals.
What was your favorite moment of this season? Why?
Every bus ride to away meets. The whole team jokes around and sings along to whatever's on the radio.
Do you have any rituals or superstitions when you play?
I play with a lot of energy. I am a very vocal person and tend to yell a lot.
Who has inspired you most in your athletic endeavors?
Coach Postweiler and my soccer Coach Ms. Ruberry. They're both amazing people to work with.
If you didn’t play tennis, what would you be doing?
Probably year-round soccer.
Who is your favorite athlete and why?
Novak Djokovic [Serbian professional tennis player] because he is the best tennis player in the world.
What hobbies or activities do you enjoy outside tennis?
I love playing soccer, drumming, and spending time with my friends.
Favorite quote or words to live by:
"I wouldn't be here if I wasn’t sure."
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