Prairieville teen attends wheelchair tennis camp _lowres

Photo provided by Tamarah Strauss -- Alex Saporito, of Prairieville, was one of 34 young wheelchair athletes who recently participated in the 2015 USTA/ITF International Junior Wheelchair Tennis Camp in Mission Viejo, California.

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

The camp 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, a news release said.

This year’s camp included players from eight different states and six different countries.

Saporito, 17, is a student at University High Lab School.

Each day of camp included morning wheelchair tennis clinics and in-depth tennis instruction. Afternoon sessions included additional instruction, as well as an ITF-ranking wheelchair tennis tournament.

The clinic was sponsored by the United State Tennis Association and the International Tennis Federation, the Johan Cruyff Foundation and the city of Mission Viejo, site of the camp.