Ed's philosophy of fundamental stroke production, concentration and self-discipline not only teaches "the game for a life time" but develops the mind, body and spirit of each player on and off the court.
been a doubt about Ed Perpetua's desire to achieve. A skinny kid from New Drop,
he didn't let roadblocks or challenges dishearten him and he eventually
Ed Perpetua taught himself to play tennis by watching Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe on television, carried his own net to the courts on his bicycle, and spent one grueling year on the sectional circuit -- 62 events, 50 first-round losses -- learning how to compete.
Since then, all he's done is win -- 12 Staten Island singles titles, 22 in doubles, and 21 in mixed doubles -- more than anybody who ever picked up a racquet in this neighborhood.
Over the years, when he wasn't coaching the men's and women's teams at Wagner College, Perpetua won the National Indoor 35-and-over Doubles and was a finalist in Singles, beat a couple world-ranked players, and hit with an up-and-comer named Andre Agassi, who revealed in his recent autobiography that he hated the game almost as much as Perpetua has loved it.
The self-made tennis champion has won the Island's top net prizes – Staten Island men's singles and doubles and mixed – a total of 55 times and even becoming a new dad hasn't altered his course. At least that much.
He won the Staten Island triple crown -- singles, doubles, mixed doubles in the same year -- a record eight times, and won doubles titles with 14 different partners, including his wife Mayuko.
"Yuriko Cali – born six months ago – has been my good-luck
charm," the reigning men's doubles and mixed doubles champion said of his first
child who witnessed daddy score two big wins in his initial crack at the USTA
Eastern Sectionals 50-Over.
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