Tennis is a competitive sport across the globe. And as part of an effort to produce players who can compete at the very highest levels of the sport, the U.S. Tennis Association has a program it calls Player Identification, taking young players who show special promise and providing them development opportunities.
This year, 18 young players from the Missouri Valley area (Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Iowa and Nebraska) were tapped for USTA ID’s camp. Three of them were trained in Prairie Village.
Jake Louiselle, 12, Grant Wiedeman, 10, and Greta Stechschulte, 9, all play at Homestead Country Club, and recently found out they had been invited to participate in a training camp with some of the region’s other promising players in Tulsa, Okla.
Homestead pro Kevin Braun, who works with all three of the players, said the selection was a tremendous honor for the group. This is the first time Homestead has had players in its programs selected for the ID program.
“They are trying to find that next Andre Agassi or Serena Williams,” said Braun. “They want to cast a wide net, and take a look at a lot of kids. But to be selected for this level is huge.”