As a kid, Luke Singletary grew up watching his older brother play tennis with dreams to follow in his footsteps. Years later, he is the TimesDaily Boys Tennis Player of the Year.
"I would always be like 'well I want to do that one day,' so finally I followed in his footsteps and did what he did," Singletary said. "It was really cool to see it play out in my life."
Singletary said it is neat watching things with his brother come full circle.
"It's funny because now when he watches me he always points out things that I do wrong where I used to always do that with him," he said.
He said despite pursuing tennis because of his brother, he fell in love with the sport.
He said tennis is different from other sports because there are only one or two people on the court.
"What made me love it is that I'm out there by myself, and I'm out there learning not just stuff for tennis but also for life that I could use," Singletary said.
He said more than anything, tennis taught his how to overcome obstacles by himself and face challenges he never thought he could.
This past season as a junior, Singletary boasted an 11-2 record in singles and 10-3 doubles record while playing on the No. 1 court for the Falcons, who moved up to Class 7A. He was a semifinalist at sectionals in singles and runner-up at sectionals in doubles.
He was also selected to play for the North squad during the AHSAA's annual All-Star Week in Montgomery in July.
Out of all of his accomplishments, Singletary said he is most proud of his freshman year when his team won the Class 6A state championship.
He said his team this year did not make it as far as he wanted but, he said he is proud of how well his teamed performed in a rebuilding year while transitioning to playing Class 7A opponents.
Singletary, along with other local athletes, will be honored at the TimesDaily Athlete of the Year banquet on June 11 at the Florence-Lauderdale Coliseum. Professional angler and motivational speaker Clay Dyer is the keynote speaker at the event.