Question for New Yorkers, who is Soldano ?

Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by atatu, Feb 5, 2010.

  1. atatu

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    Feb 18, 2004
    Austin, Texas
    Interview with Clemson player Derek Difazio:

    KT: What got you started playing tennis ?

    DD: Growing up in Brooklyn, I lived right down the street from Laurel Park. It was about five houses down from me, and I used to go over there. Actually, how I got into it was I used to go down there and hustle for matches. Basically, there would be handball games going on and tennis matches going on all day, and I would just hustle for money. That’s how I got into it. I started out as a hustler, and basically that’s what I still am at heart—and I always will be.

    KT: Who are some of the people who you model your game after or have really helped you develop your game?

    DD: There was a guy who used to go by the name of Soldano down at the park, and he was somewhat of a legend. Basically, it’s known as his court, the top court there. He used to just beat everyone. Anyone that wanted to challenge him, he’d accept the challenge, and he’d take them down. When I was starting to get into it, I really looked up to him. He kind of took me under his wings and showed me a lot of things about the game. To this day, I still haven’t beat him, but he’s a legend for sure.

    So there is some guy hustling games in Brooklyn who can beat D1 players ?

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