The senior Harrison tennis siblings work together for success | news

Aaron and Emma Gu picked up a tennis racquet at the age of five and have never looked back.

“Both of our parents came to the United States from China,” said Aaron Gu. “They were graduate students and they both played on the Purdue club tennis team and they met on the tennis court.”

Tennis came naturally to Aaron and Emma, ​​who started playing at a young age.

“I was five years old and one day I went to the courts with my parents and they fed me balls and I fell in love with the sport,” said Aaron Gu.

Emma, ​​on the other hand, fell in love with tennis after trying different sports like dancing, soccer and gymnastics.

The Gu siblings decided to play tennis seriously around the age of eight.

“When we were younger we did it just for fun, but as we matured we realized we could be really good at it, so we decided to do it year-round and really go for it said Aaron Gu.

Tennis wasn’t just a hobby for the Gu’s, it also made the siblings grow closer and become best friends.

“Having someone I can connect with any day, any time is a real luxury,” said Aaron Gu. “I’m really grateful that she’s here.”

“I’m also really grateful,” said Emma Gu. “I’m really lucky that I have a built-in hitting partner. A lot of times when I’m going to a tournament alone and need to be coached or just let off steam, I’ll text him.”

When Emma was a freshman at Harrison, she reached the state championship. Emma was unbeaten and won 30 straight games ahead of States.

Emma said she would never forget when Aaron brought a group of his friends to their championship game to cheer them on.

Aaron was also there for her when she was downstairs.

“There was one particularly bad match,” said Emma Gu. “I cried and called him. I think we talked on FaceTime for an hour and a half. He made me feel better.”

Aaron said he doesn’t spend more time with anyone else than his sister.

“For the past three summers, we’ve probably spent 10 hours a day together at home, on the court, or in the gym,” Aaron Gu said.

When asked if they ever got tired of doing everything together, they both laughed and said no.

Since Aaron is a year older than Emma, ​​he knows he needs to value the time they have together before he goes to college.

Aaron will bring his talents to the US Naval Academy. He said he looked at other high school schools but settled on Navy after going on campus.

“When I attended the Naval Academy, I just fell in love with the place,” said Aaron Gu. “Everyone there supports each other. It’s just one big family.”

Emma has started her college search and recently completed an official visit to the Naval Academy.

She is looking forward to going to different schools and making her decision, but admits that she would like to be close to her brother in college.

“Aaron really wants me to go there,” Emma Gu said. “The men’s and women’s teams have played together quite a bit there, so we would actually have some training sessions together. But I want to take my time with my decision because it’s the next four years.”

Although the Gu siblings are each other’s biggest fans, there’s obviously friendly competition going on.

“Sometimes when we play we’re at each other’s throats and the next day we’re best friends,” said Aaron Gu. “Emma loves to hit the ball as hard as possible. She used to try to hit a winner on every single ball. Most of the time it was three or four feet behind the baseline.”

Emma said that if you pitted her and Aaron against each other on the court, Aaron would win 99% of the time. However, their tennis recruitment page is higher than his.

“I like to play smarter and pick apart the points,” Aaron said. “I love serve and volley.”

Aaron and Emma’s favorite tennis player is Roger Federer. They were at school when they found out about his retirement.

“He’s the greatest player of all time,” said Aaron Gu. “He’s just iconic. There’s nothing not to like about the guy. I love his style of play.”

Aaron said he also likes to model his game after Rafael Nadal.

“I really like how Nadal fights for every ball and gives 100% on the pitch,” said Aaron Gu. “That’s the mentality I want to have on the pitch.”

Aaron and Emma teamed up for a mixed doubles tournament last July. There were 16 teams and the Gu siblings played four games and won all four.

“It was honestly the most fun I’ve had on the tennis court,” said Aaron Gu.

Outside of the tennis courts, Aaron and Emma love to play pickleball. They played in a pickleball tournament together in Lafayette and enjoyed it because it was similar to tennis.

Emma is also the manager of the Harrison boys’ tennis team. She loves training with the boys team every day and is nervous about next year when many of them graduate.

“I’m scared because it’s my last year and Aaron won’t be able to see my last first day of school or anything,” Emma Gu said. “It’s also sad because I don’t know who I’m going to fight with.”

One of the things Emma is excited about? Get the car as soon as Aaron is gone.

Right now, Aaron will be competing in section play with his Harrison High School team.

Harrison is hosting the IHSAA Boys Tennis Sectional #56 on September 28th, 29th and 30th.

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