Written by Vinny Messana Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00
Daniel Grunberger was recently recognized by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) at the site of this year’s US Open recognized for his achievements on the court this year. The Great Neck resident finished third in the Boys 18 bracket of Eastern Award winners. It was the second consecutive year that he finished in the top three of his age group.
“It’s really very special to get,” said Grunberger. “You have to finish in the top three in the east, which is very tough. It’s now two years in a row for me. It shows that hard work is paying off,” he added.
He attributes his success to his work ethic which he has refined over the years. “I get on that court every opportunity I get,” he said. “The biggest thing is my intensity on the court.”
The year was a grueling one for all the participants who were eligible for an award. Each of the eight 2013 tournaments carried a point value for the winner. The three participants with the highest scores were given awards for their age group.
Grunberger plans to pursue a career in tennis, but has not decided on a college yet as he enters his senior year at Great Neck High School. He has narrowed down his choice to Northwestern, Cornell and Colombia, which are all prestigious universities. According to him, “Northwestern is probably the favorite right now.”
He has positioned himself well for a successful career should he not attain the ultimate goal of becoming a professional tennis player. For Grunberger, enabling yourself to receive higher education is the most important aspect of being a student-athlete. It’s this forward-thinking mindset and dominance in amateur competitions that will undoubtedly give him the opportunity to shine at the collegiate level.