Strelsky competes at Cali camp
Thirty-two young wheelchair athletes were invited to the camp and Rockdale’s Strelsky was the lone player from the state of Texas to attend, which included players from six countries.
“Just meeting all the other campers and being able to play with some of the best athletes in the world was an incredible experience,” Strelsky said. “I got to meet Conan O’Brien and to visit Universal Studios. All the off- court activities just made the entire camp that much more awesome. We really had fun and it was a great experience.
“Being hungry describes me pretty good. I’m always wanting to go one step farther in my tennis game.”
Strelsky received a $200 grant from the Baseline Wheelchair Tennis Foundation at the end of the camp.
Strelsky won his first-round match in the camp tournament before falling in the second round. This was a camp so the focus was on drills and development rather than competition.
Dan James, the national manager for wheelchair tennis for the United States Tennis Association was impressed with Strelsky.
“Dustin is relatively new to the game of wheelchair tennis but is one of the hungriest players I’ve ever met.
“He not only competed, but he watched intently as the others played and just wants to learn all he can about the sport.”