Young tennis players experience international competition, camaraderie just few miles outside of Milwaukee
GLENDALE, Wis – Summer camps often provide campers experiences to travel and study or improve their sports performances, but rarely all of them at the same time.
That’s where the Paley Tennis Camp differs, particularly in the state of Wisconsin. Among 150 campers throughout three sessions of the camp hosted in Fredonia, Wis., are top-ranked junior tennis players from Spain who traveled thousands of miles away from home to work on their games and enjoy the company of American peers.
“We like this area of the country because people are open to share the way they live and really ask us the way we do things,” said Spanish coach and chaperone, Eduardo Gavira Crespillo said via interpreter. “Our players discover two important things about tennis in the United States: first, respect and admiration for the best players, and to play within a team setting. In Europe, tennis is always focused on individual success and strong jealousies are always present.”
The Paley Tennis Camp hosts players between the ages of 8-to-18 among all competitive abilities from beginners to nationally-ranked levels. It draws from areas throughout Wisconsin including Milwaukee, Green Bay and Madison as well as Chicago/Northern Illinois, Arizona and Florida.
“These are young people that play a lot of competitive tennis who also enjoy other typical camp activities,” coach Andy Paley, who played professionally overseas, said. “We know how hard young European players train and while our campers build camaraderie, we also hope they share their love of just being kids with their peers while learning about different lifestyles on and off the court.”
The camp features up to 20 outdoor tennis courts and an indoor option in case of inclement weather. Among the tennis attractions are a climbing tower with zip line, laser tag, swimming pool/water obstacle course and bonfire pit. What makes the camp different than other overnight tennis camps are its hotel style accommodations, personal chef to prepare healthy meals and 1-4 ratio among coaches and campers.
“In Spain, tennis is very popular. Not only rich people play tennis and that’s the reason we have so many high level players,” Crespillo, a member of the National Spanish Tennis Federation, said. “The Paley Tennis Center has an excellent professional staff that knows and loves the game. When our players come over, it’s guaranteed they’ll enjoy the best summers of their lives.”
Owners of the Paley Tennis Center, based in Glendale, Wis. operate Paley Tennis Camp.
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