Prairieville teenager to attend wheelchair tennis camp in Calif.

Advocate file photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER --  Alex Saporito, 15, hits a backhand during a 2012 wheelchair tennis practice at the YMCA Lamar Tennis Center. Show caption
Advocate file photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- Alex Saporito, 15, hits a backhand during a 2012 wheelchair tennis practice at the YMCA Lamar Tennis Center.

Alex Saporito, 15, of Prairieville, is one of 32 wheelchair athletes taking part this week in the 2013 USTA-ITF International Junior Wheelchair Tennis Camp in Mission Viejo, Calif.

The camp, held through Friday, is for youths ages 12 to 18 who live with a permanent disabling condition and use a wheelchair when playing sports, including tennis.

Saporito, who was born with spina bifida, stated playing tennis three years ago after his mother, Mary Saporito, read an article about wheelchair tennis in the Baton Rouge Parents magazine.

Alex has competed in the Cajun Classic Wheelchair Tennis Tournament held at the Paula G. Manship YMCA’s Lamar Tennis Center and the BREC Highland Road Park tennis courts.

At the camp, he’s attending morning wheelchair tennis clinics and competing in tournaments.