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The USTA-ITF International Junior Wheelchair Tennis Camp brings the brightest young players together in Mission Viejo, Calif., each summer along with top coaches and mentors.
By Nicholas J. Walz, USTA.com
Thirty of the brightest young wheelchair athletes in the world will be participating in the 2014 USTA-ITF International Junior Wheelchair Tennis Camp in Mission Viejo, Calif., July 6-12. The camp will take place at the 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 nine different states and six different countries (Argentina, Canada, Colombia, 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. Campers also will receive world-class instruction from Dan James, the USTA’s national head coach and national manager of Wheelchair Tennis; Jason Harnett, a USTA Wheelchair Tennis assistant national head coach; and other esteemed Wheelchair Tennis coaches. Off-court activities for campers include a trip to Universal Studios.  
“We are always proud to hold this wheelchair tennis camp for these young athletes from all over the world who want to develop their games and meet new players,” said James. “This is an incredibly unique opportunity for these athletes to play the sport they enjoy and gives them the opportunity to make lasting friendships 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 2014 roster of invitees:
U.S. Athletes  International Athletes
Martha Childress (Simpsonville, S.C.) Colleen Moen (San Diego) Tomas Bourassa (Canada)
Jose Estrada (San Diego) Briana Pievac (San Diego) Luisa Castrillon (Colombia)
Lauren Haneke-Hopps (San Diego) Efrain Precaido (La Mirada, Calif.) Ignacio Colotta (Argentina)
Jesus Hernandez (Sylmar, Calif.) Casey Ratzlaff (Wichita, Kan.) Jose Daniel Giron (Guatemala)
Almaz Holt (Downey, Calif.) Alex Saporito (Prairieville, La.) Juan Sebastian Diaz Gomez (Colombia)
Nathan Hunter (Grantsville, Utah) Paul Shin (Los Angeles) Natalia Gonzalez (Mexico)
Reo Kobayashi (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) Auburn Smith (Port Orange, Fla.) Piusand Lai (Canada)
Jeffrey Marshall (Boulder, Colo.) Conner Stroud (Spindale, N.C.) Facundo Palacio (Argentina)
Nathan Melnyk (Centerport, N.Y.)   Antonella Pralong (Argentina) 
    Alejandro Rojas (Mexico)
      Isabel Rubio (Guatemala)
    Lizabeth Soto (Mexico)
    Luigy Yesid Nieves Wintago (Colombia)

In 1998, the USTA assumed responsibility for wheelchair tennis in America from the National Foundation for Wheelchair Tennis. Since then, the USTA has become the first National Governing Body of both Olympic and Paralympic tennis, governing Paralympics, ParaPan American Games and World Team Cup events.
The USTA remains dedicated to providing top-flight programming and developmental opportunities to wheelchair athletes of all ages and backgrounds willing to learn the sport and have fun.
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