PTU Profile: Daniel Mergener
Favorite Shot: One Handed Backhand
Best Tennis Memory: It was my Senior year of high school and I was locked in a battle to play 1st singles on the team. I had lost the first set 3-6 and was down 1-5 in the second when I somehow kept fighting, brought it to a tiebreak and won the set 7-6(10-8). I then carried the momentum and won the third set 6-2 and have never been more relieved to be done playing tennis after 3 hours straight. What has been your favorite event or program to teach during your time at Cliff Drysdale Tennis and why? I think my favorite program so far has been Tennis 101. Being able to give back to the game in that form is so awesome. Being able to share my passion with new people and maybe spark someone new into becoming a tennis player for life, however that may be.
What part of being a tennis pro do you feel you've improved at the most during your time in the program? I feel like I have come out of my shell quite a bit. I have been forced to do things that have been tough but beneficial in the long run such as new clinics or leading certain classes I had never done before. Overall, I believe that I have become more mature and more experienced being in the program. If you could teach a private lesson to any person in the world, who would it be and why? I would probably have to say Jon Jorgenson. Jon is a well known Christian and spends a lot of time answering peoples questions about the bible and their faith. He is also a big fan of tennis and a very positive, knowledgeable outlook on everything. Overall, a great person. What advice would you have for those interested in joining the PTU program? My biggest piece of advice would be to just be open-minded. There will be plenty of times where you face situations that make you uncomfortable or do not make sense at first but it all pans out in the big picture at the end. Side note: Check your emails often!