Senior Race 4 Eight Pro Player Bio
Player: Daniel Zimet
Year of birth: 1970
Hometown: Grew up in Calverton, Maryland – original courts: 1-wall in Wheaten, then 3-wall in Columbia.
Strong hand: Right
Handball coach: Beat downs by Elihu Zimet (father) and Alan Frank.
Favorite all-time player: Paul Williams. Hands down he has had the greatest impact on the game during my lifetime and he represents everything I love about the game. Honesty, integrity and sportsmanship on and off the court, huge heart and drive as a player, and he remains incredibly generous and effective in bringing people into the game.
Favorite tournament: 3-wall Nationals. Toledo!!!!
Favorite non-handball athlete: Arthur Ashe and Novak Djokovic
Most satisfying victory: Breaking through in a close tie-breaker win over Kendall Lewis at the 2014 4-wall National Masters. Kendal had beaten me every prior singles match dating back to the 1-wall Nationals in 1992.
Favorite shot: Fly kill. Particularly the ‘statue of liberty’ shot…you set up to fly kill with your right hand to the left, then drop the shot into the right corner from shoulder height, arm extended like you’re holding the torch. A 1-wall special my father delivered with flare!
Best ever SR48 result as of 4/19/15: 5th in Utah.
Why Handball: Started as a 3rd generation player, so I was able to be on the court with my brother, father, uncle and grandfather. I kept playing because of the people. I continue to play because it’s the most overall challenging game I have played, so it keeps me interested and in shape.