Serena Williams, the top-ranked female tennis player in the world, and Stan Wawrinka, the 2014 Australian Open men’s singles champion, stopped by the Grandstand Stadium at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center last Thursday to take part in a youth clinic alongside 23 Elmcor campers.
Williams and Wawrinka’s appearances surprised the children, who were not informed of their impending arrival, and rewarded them with 30 minutes of tutelage, smiles and hugs.
by Christopher Barca
East Elmhurst youngster Madison Gonzalez and tennis legend Serena Willams share an embrace at the end of an Elmcor youth group tennis clinic at the National Tennis Center on Thursday.
Assemblyman Jeff Aubrey, center, stands with Williams, 2014 Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka, Elmcor campers and a handful of volunteers before the clinic begins.
Serena Williams, a two-time winner of the US Open, signs tennis balls for eager fans after taking part in a tennis clinic for nearly two dozen area children.
The Swiss-born Wawrinka, the fourth-ranked male player in the world and 2008 Olympic gold medalist in the men’s doubles competition, teaches a youngster how to properly return a volley last Thursday.
In a drill seemingly more suited for baseball practice, the campers catch tennis balls thrown in the air to work on their hand-eye coordination.
Seven-year-old Madison Gonzalez, left, and Williams practice volleying with another girl during the clinic.