Printed Might 14. 2021 11:14AM
The late actor and comic Robin Williams noticed, “tennis is like chess at 90 miles an hour.”
Parkland boys tennis participant Dan Zolotarev has his personal concepts on tennis, a sport the place considering a couple of strikes forward is sort of a requirement.
“Tennis is like chess on toes,” stated Parkland’s Dan Zolotarev. “I like the person side of tennis. It’s all on you.”
Even doing all the things proper technically and mentally, a tennis participant nonetheless has to bodily hit the shot.
Throughout his match towards Southern Lehigh’s Spencer Goodman within the District 11 Class 3A Singles semifinals final Wednesday at Parkland Excessive College, Zolotarev utilized his full repertoire – mentally and bodily – to win an entertaining and aggressive match, 6-3, 6-4.
“I’ve been working this 12 months on ending factors extra shortly,” he stated. “I’ve been working to make my sport clean.”
The Parkland junior used combos corresponding to serve and volley, drops photographs and lobs to maintain Goodman off-balance to regularly take management. In a good contest, Zolotarev was in a position to suppose two and even three photographs forward to win the purpose.
“Danny has developed a very good all-around sport,” stated Parkland coach Michael Hingston. “He has improved his volley this 12 months and is prepared to go to the online.”
Zolotarev started the event downing Liberty’s Roman Farhad, 7-6 (9-7), 6-1 within the first spherical final Monday. Later that day, he got here from behind within the quarterfinals to beat Emmaus’ Quinn Erk, 3-6, 6-4, 10-7.
After defeating Goodman, Zolotarev’s tank was on empty as he misplaced to Freedom’s Noah Potts within the title match, 6-3,6-0.
The match didn’t begin as a blowout. After the primary set was tied at 2-2, Zolotarev misplaced 4 of the set’s last 5 video games. Potts fully dominated the second set.
The Parkland junior want to play tennis collegiately, however doesn’t know the place that might be. That’s for an additional day. For now, he’s trying ahead to serving to the Trojans win the District 11 crew championship, which received underway this week.
PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Parkland’s Dan Zolotarev reached the finals of the District 11 singles event.