Rockdale’s Strelsky only Texan invited to USTA camp

Dustin Strelsky has been invited to attend a USTA camp in Mission Viejo, California. 
Reporter file photo Dustin Strelsky has been invited to attend a USTA camp in Mission Viejo, California. Reporter file photo The United States Tennis Association (USTA) announced last week that 32 young wheelchair athletes are participating in the 2013 USTA-ITF International Junior Wheelchair Tennis Camp in Mission Viejo, California, July 28-Aug. 2. One of those players is Rockdale’s own Dustin Strelsky.

The camp is taking place at Marguerite Tennis Pavilion and is for youth ages 12-18, who live with a permanent disabling condition and use a wheelchair when playing sports, including tennis.

Strelsky, a sophomore this fall at Rockdale High School, is the only competitor from the state of Texas invited to the camp.

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 towards fun and camaraderie, while developing tennis skills in these young athletes.

Reporter/Mike Brown Reporter/Mike Brown 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 will also 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,” James said. “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.

Strelsky has been in a wheelchair since he suffered a spinal cord injury in a two-vehicle highway collision in early 2010.

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