You started playing beach volleyball when you were a kid, following in the footsteps of your father and grandfather. Was this your childhood dream?
Yes, I started playing in Fregene with my dad and grandpa. It was very pure – I saw the way they played, and their emotions on the court. Their joy and passion were so inspiring that I knew right away I wanted to be like them. I was 6 years old.
If you could go back in time, what would you tell young Daniele Lupo?
I don’t think I would tell him anything special, to be honest. I did all the steps necessary, I followed the right path, and I stayed humble because this is how my parents raised me. I always wanted to learn from the people around me, which is probably why I often had friends who were older. Their experience was really important to me, and I was inspired by them. So maybe I would just remind 6-year-old Daniele to keep being true to himself.
If beach volleyball didn’t exist, what would you do?
This is a great question! (Laughing) I’m a sporty person, I love doing sport, even when not playing beach volleyball. I surf, and when I was a kid I used to play football. So if beach volleyball didn’t exist, I’m sure I would still be an athlete!