Photo: ITFCruyff Foundation-USTA Junior Camp
Thirty young players from six countries are taking part in this week’s Cruyff Foundation Americas Junior Wheelchair Tennis Camp, which is being held in Mission Viejo, California until 12 July.
Sponsored by ITF Junior Wheelchair Tennis Programme Partner the Johan Cruyff Foundation, the USTA and the City of Mission Viejo, the camp is taking place at the Marguerite Tennis Pavilion, the venue that will host the UNIQLO Doubles Masters for the second successive year in November.
This year’s camp involves players from nine different states across USA and five more countries - Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Guatemala and Mexico. The camp is geared towards fun and camaraderie, while developing tennis skills of the young athletes, who range from 12- 18 years old.
Each day of the camp consists of morning wheelchair tennis clinics and in-depth tennis instruction. Afternoon sessions include additional instruction as well as an ITF junior wheelchair tennis ranking tournament.
The team of coaches is led by Dan James, the USTA’s National Head Coach and National Manager of Wheelchair Tennis, and Jason Harnett, a USTA Wheelchair Tennis Assistant National Head Coach. Off-court activities 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.”