Local wheelchair athlete competes in international tourney

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Alex is 17 and goes to University High Lab School in Baton Rouge. Photo by Cari Buck.

Alex Saporito of Prairieville, was one of 34 young wheelchair athletes who participated in the 2015 USTA/ITF International Junior Wheelchair Tennis Camp in Mission Viejo, Calif.

The camp, which took place at Marguerite Tennis Pavilion and was for youth who live with a permanent disabling condition and use a wheelchair when playing sports, including tennis, included players from eight different states and six different countries (Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Guatemala, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States).

With the mission of fun and camaraderie, while developing tennis skills in these young athletes, each day of camp consisted of morning wheelchair tennis clinics and in-depth tennis instruction. Afternoon sessions included additional instruction, as well as an ITF-ranking wheelchair tennis tournament. Campers received 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.

The clinic was sponsored by the USTA, the ITF, the Johan Cruyff Foundation, and the City of Mission Viejo, site of the camp.