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USTA, City of San José star in Wheelchair tennis clinic

July 1, 2010 04:47 PM

It was a cool and breezy day in May, and excitement filled the air.  The popping of tennis ball cans mixed with the buzzing of air compressors, as participants filled their wheelchair tires, taped up fingers, sprayed on sunscreen, and prepared for a fun day on the courts.  USTA, City of San José and Far West Wheelchair Sports collaborated to offer the Drills and Thrills Smash Bash, a one-day wheelchair tennis clinic, to participants from all over California on May 22, 2010.  From first-timers to seasoned veterans, all benefited from one-on-one instruction from world-class coaches.  Jason Harnett, coach of the World Champion and gold-medal winning US Quad Team, flew in from Irvine to lead the clinic.  Michael Foulks, former world number one doubles player and US team coach, flew in from San Diego to offer instruction as well.  Rounding out the coaching squad were Bill Jacobson, coach of the South Bay Smash wheelchair tennis team for the past 15 years, and Cassandra Borjon, coach of the Smash for the past two years.

The South Bay Smash is a wheelchair tennis team based in San José, California, which holds practice twice a week almost all year round (please visit southbaysmash.com for more info).  All clinic participants, including 7 brand new players, were invited to join the team for weekly practice sessions.  In addition, San José is hosting its 10th Annual Golden State Challenge wheelchair tennis tournament on July 31 and August 1, 2010.  We encourage all new and veteran players to enjoy some friendly competition at our USTA sanctioned tournament, which is held at Santa Clara University.  For more information on the tournament, please visit southbaysmash.org.  Thanks to a generous grant from the USTA, the Drills and Thrills Smash Bash was a huge success, and 20 players experienced the thrill of hitting tennis balls, flying around the court in their sports chairs, and aiming for prizes.  We are grateful to all of our sponsors and volunteers for helping us to promote and grow the sport of wheelchair tennis in Northern California.   



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