Prep sports profile: Eric Pontow
With his sights set on State, Carl Sandburg tennis player Eric Pontow hopes to place in the top 12 in the state at season's end.
Head coach Brian Ostrander says that Pontow is a great, mature teammate. “Eric has been like a second coach this year,” he said. “He truly values playing on his high school team.”
Name: Eric Pontow
Age/year in school: 18/Senior
Hometown: Orland Park
Position: 1st singles
How long have you played tennis? Since [I was] 11 years old.
What do you love most about tennis?
The originality of each point. And the potential for hitting unbelievable shots like pros and just laughing because you haven’t the slightest idea how you did it.
What are your goals for this season? How will you achieve them?
To place [in the] top 12 at state. Achieving it will be a matter of believing in myself and focusing [on] every point.
What are you looking forward to most this season?
Do you have any rituals or superstitions when you play?
No superstitions – I just play.
Who has inspired you most in your athletic endeavors?
My dad, Bruce Pontow, because he can play any sport like a pro and was a self-made national champion badminton player for the U.S.
If you didn’t play tennis, what would you be doing?
I would be playing volleyball or baseball.
Who is your favorite athlete and why?
Shaun White because he never doubts. He would rather go big and lose than to not go big at all.
What hobbies or activities do you enjoy outside tennis?
Cooking amazing dinners with [my] girlfriend and playing Nintendo 64!
Favorite quote or words to live by:
“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.” – Tom Hanks
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