A minute with Elan Dantus

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2013 marks Elan Dantus’ (12) tenth year playing tennis. Dantus is ranked 23rd in the state of Michigan, according to the Tennis Recruiting Network.

“My older brother used to play tennis so I just kind of followed him along,” Dantus said.

Dantus practices with the school team after school everyday from 3-5 p.m., as well as on Saturdays. A typical practice includes a warm-up jog, stretches, and then the team goes to work with the ball.

“Some workouts we do are push-ups, crunches, and lots of sprints,” Dantus said.

Competition drives Dantus to success.

“It’s pretty competitive. You don’t have to depend on anyone, [because] it’s a pretty individual sport so if you make a mistake it’s your fault and no one elses and I don’t know, it’s a challenge but I guess that’s what I like about it,” Dantus said.

Dantus focuses on goals to accomplish during the tennis season.

“The normal goal every year is to improve as the year goes on and… a past team goal is to always win states,” Dantus said.

This year against Forest Hills Central, he scored 4-6, 7-5, 11-9, which he says was his best match.

“They’re a really good team, and I was not supposed to win and I came back, I guess. I was able to pull through, so that was very memorable,” Dantus said.

People come to support Dantus at his competitions, he says.

“My coach is super supportive of me by always making sure that I’m ready to play my best,” Dantus said.

Dantus says playing tennis in college is what he plans to do.

“If I go to a D1 school like MSU I would walk-on to the team,” Dantus said.

If he went to Kalamazoo College, which is a D3 school, he could receive an academic scholarship as incentive to attend the school and play tennis there, according to Dantus.

When he is not striking ball on the tennis court, Dantus plays guitar.

“I really like the song The Scientist by Coldplay, [so] I play that,” Dantus said.

He has been playing guitar for four years. He also mentors at the Okemos Science Institute and volunteers in ACTION. However, Dantus said tennis is his favorite thing to do.

“This is a little bit of a cliche but…[it’s important] just to enjoy the sport,” Dantus said.

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