Summertime Sizzles at WTEF

Both campuses of WTEF are abuzz with activity this summer.

At the Northwest Campus in Rock Creek Park, Summer Camps are underway, providing excellent tennis training for children and youth at all skill levels. The Citi Open tennis tournament is just around the corner, beginning on Saturday, July 16, and running through Sunday, July 24. The ever-popular Pro Am on Sunday, July 17, gives you the chance to test your skills with today’s touring pros!

At the East Capitol Campus, we’ve got our Summer Program for underserved youth fully booked, with 150 children and youth.  Preparations are also underway to host the Congressional Charity Tennis Tournament on Monday, September 26, at the East Capitol Campus.

Citi Open Tournament

For nine days, from July 16 through the 24th, WTEF will host some of the top-ranked players in the world at our Citi Open tennis tournament. Among those committed to compete this year are three-time Citi Open Champion Juan Martin del Potro and John Isner. Returning women’s champion Sloane Stephens will defend her title against players such as Samantha Stosur, Kristina Mladenovic, and Caroline Wozniacki.

Come see some great tennis and know that a portion of the proceeds of the Citi Open benefit WTEF’s critical programs assisting underserved children and youth.  Even better, take an active part and participate in the Pro Am on Sunday, July 17. Registration is open now at $1,000 per player. Contact WTEF Special Events Director Larkin Cohan, 202-660-0127 or lcohan@wtef.org to secure your spot. There is room for only 10 players, so hurry!

Summer Camps

WTEF’s popular Summer Camps for children and youth launched on Monday, June 13, under the leadership of acclaimed coach Vince Pulupa.  A Washington, DC native, Vince who has been coaching junior players in the Mid-Atlantic region for more than 10 years.  He coaches juniors of all levels including Top 10 nationally ranked players and NCAA Champions.  His players have gone on to Stanford University, the University of Virginia, the University of Florida and many more.  Vince was added to the Adidas National Coaching Staff in 2013, and has been a Babolat national coach for 10 years.  He graduated from High Point University (North Carolina) in 1999 where he was a three-time All-Conference First Team selection and won Rookie of the Year honors in 1996.

WTEF’s camps are designed to provide each player the opportunity and experience to advance his or her tennis game to the next level. They offer a combination of coach-led stroke drilling, individual and team point play, group games and singles and doubles match play. Special focus is given to match play, due to its singular importance in developing mentally tough and successful tennis players.

WTEF’s summer camps also offer beginner and intermediate play for children ages 10 and under. 

WTEF’s Summer Program

Operating for a full nine weeks, from June 20 through August 19, WTEF’s Summer Camp provides 150 underserved youngsters with an exciting array of activities. Most of the children and youth live in Wards 7 and 8, often in neighborhoods where the streets aren’t safe for kids even in broad daylight. Campers are onsite and engaged in fun and productive activities every weekday from 8 to 4.  A free, healthy breakfast, lunch, and snack are served each day. Activities begin with stretching and warm ups, followed by a two-mile run and tennis drills. After lunch, students enjoy match play and pursuit of their reading and math goals.

Half of the participants in the Summer Program come from our Center for Excellence (CFE) after school program. Youth from the CFE aged 14 and older who have demonstrated appropriate behavior on and off the court are hired to help our professional coaches teach tennis to newcomers to the sport. This addresses the need that many of our families have for their youth to be employed during the summer, while keeping the kids involved in our program.

Monday, September 26 Sees the CCTT

Save the date to participate in WTEF’s exciting Congressional Charity Tennis Tournament (CCTT).  Sponsors play with and against former tour professionals such as Zina Garrison and Richey Reneberg and members of Congress from both sides of the aisle for bragging rights and to help children and youth thrive at WTEF.