By Nicholas J. Walz, USTA.com
Thirty-two of the brightest young wheelchair athletes in the world will be participating in the 2013 USTA-ITF International Junior Wheelchair Tennis Camp in Mission Viejo, Calif., July 28-Aug. 2. The camp will take place at Marguerite Tennis Pavilion and is for youths ages 12-18 who live with a permanent disabling condition and use a wheelchair when playing sports including tennis.
This year’s camp will include players from 10 different states and six different countries (Argentina, Canada, Chile, Guatemala, Mexico and the United States). The camp is geared toward fun and camaraderie, while developing tennis skills in these young athletes.
Each day of camp consists of morning wheelchair tennis clinics and in-depth tennis instruction. Afternoon sessions include additional instruction, as well as an ITF-ranking wheelchair tennis tournament.
Brad Parks, a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and founder of wheelchair tennis, will be speaking to the campers on Tuesday, July 30. Campers also will receive world-class instruction from David Wagner, a three-time Paralympic gold medalist and US Open champion, as well as from Dan James, the USTA’s National Head Coach and National Manager of Wheelchair Tennis; Jason Harnett, a USTA Wheelchair Tennis Assistant National Coach; and other esteemed wheelchair tennis coaches.
Off-court activities for campers include a trip to Universal Studios.
"We are thrilled and proud to hold this wheelchair tennis camp for these young athletes who want to develop their games," said James. "These athletes, some of whom are playing in this country for the first time, are being afforded a unique opportunity to play the sport they enjoy and forge relationships with other young people who share a similar lifestyle. We hope this camp will impact the growth of these young players for years to come."
The clinic is sponsored by the USTA, the ITF, the Johan Cruyff Foundation and the City of Mission Viejo, which is providing the local tennis courts.
Here is the 2013 roster of invitees:
|Eliel Burroughs (Whittier, Calif.)
||Efrain Precaido (La Mirada, Calif.)
||Tomas Bourassa (Canada)
|Angel Cardenas (La Mirada, Calif.)
||Casey Ratzlaff (Wichita, Kan.)
||Miguel Coronado (Chile)
|Jose Estrada (San Diego)
||Alex Saporito (Prairieville, La.)
||Carlos Muro (Mexico)
|Lauren Haneke-Hopps (San Diego)
||Paul Shin (Los Angeles)
||Antonella Pralong (Argentina)
|Chris Herman (Gulfport, Fla.)
||Auburn Smith (Port Orange, Fla.)
||Luis Felipe Reye (Chile)
|Nathan Hunter (Grantsville, Utah)
||Charles "Parker" Smith (Tewksbury, Mass.)
||Amy Rojas (Guatemala)
|Krystal Kelley (Grand Haven, Mich.)
||Kailey Smith (Littleton, Colo.)
||Alejandro Ross (Mexico)
|Reo Kobayashi (Aliso Viejo, Calif.)
||Juan Solis (La Mirada, Calif.)
||Isabel Rubio (Guatemala)
|Jeffrey Marshall (Boulder, Colo.)
||Dustin Strelsky (Rockdale, Tx.)
|| Ignacio Santise (Argentina)
|Colleen Moen (San Diego)
||Conner Stroud (Spindale, N.C.)
||Lucas Scarazzini (Argentina)
|Genaro Perez (La Mirada, Calif.)
|| Lizabeth Soto (Mexico)