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Former French Open Doubles Champions Instructs Top Juniors

August 21, 2007 04:47 PM

The third USTA SC Competition Training Center of 2007 was a resounding success.  Players from across the state gathered at the Topspin Racquet and Swim Club in Lexington to enjoy a day of drills, matches, fun, and celebrity.  Luke Jensen, one half of the 1994 French Open Doubles Championship team and an ESPN Tennis Analyst, was on hand to inspire the players and to help them learn the intricacies of the game.  Luke started off with a 15 minute speech that touched on some of his inspirations (Arthur Ashe, and his high school basketball coach), the dedication needed to play at a high level (complete dedication), and the importance of staying in school (What's your plan B).  Check back soon for video of the speech. 
Afterwards the players broke out into smaller groups, with Luke and the different pros leading drills.  Luke had some great tips for the juniors and some truly inspirational nicknames including "Milkshake", "Pink Panther", "Superstar" and "Dynamo".  Once the drills concluded, Luke partnered up with John Chesworth from Peeble Creek Club in Greenville and they took on Carlos Lozano of Top Spin in Lexington and retired professional Tom Shimada in doubles.  The juniors were treated to a great exhibition match in which Corlos and Tom barely managed to squeak out a victory. 
USTA SC wants to extend their thanks to Topspin Racquet and Swim Club for hosting the event.  Special thanks also go out to Luke Jensen, Cornelius Jordan, Stephen Broom, Werner Hartzenberg, John Chesworth, Carlos Lozano, Cathryn Hewitt, and Greg Harkins for helping out as instructors for the event.