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Honolulu Challenger Pro Visit Boys & Girls Club

At Kailua Boys/Girls Clubhouse
Lee, Sato and McClune at QA Session
Michael McClune plays with clubhouse kids.
 
Honolulu Challenger Tournament Players tooks some time away from the courts to visit the Kailua Boys and Girls Clubhouse, promoting the game and sharing their experiences as a world class athlete.
 
Michael McClune from California tells the kids that he chose tennis over other sports to pursue as a  professional career because he enjoyed the aspects of an individual sport. Taught by his father, he also likes the fact that tennis can be played for a lifetime and as a family.
 
Hsin Han Lee, Davis Cup member from Taipei and Bumpei Sato from Japan joined McClune at the clubhouse and fielded all kinds of questions from the kids that included, Who inspires you the most?, Did you play in the Australian Open? and Why did you become a pro? "Kei Nishikori inspires me." said Sato who at age 26 is one of the older players in the tournament. Lee and Sato will be playing doubles in the main draw. They both lost in the qualifying rounds of singles competition.
 
After they survived the firing of questions from the kids, they shared their warm-up rituals and conducted exhibition play on the adjacent basketball court. Coach Peter Dungca, who teaches at numerous parks with the USTA Hawaii Pacific Section facilitated the tennis clinic using the QuickStart Tennis format and gave each child an opportunity to rally with the pros.
 
McClune will face Rong Ma, former BYUH standout in today's qualifying final at the Kailua Racquet Club. A win will move him into the main draw of the $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit Honolulu Challenger. He is pairing up with Aiea's Dennis Lajola, former #1 UH player, in the doubles main draw. Lajola is already in the singles main draw earned from winning the Wild Card Event a couple of weeks ago.
 
River Kim, Kailua Boys and Girls Clubhouse staff member introduced tennis to the kids a couple of summers ago and has become one of the alternating sports in the program at the clubhouse. He will take the kids to the tournament site, The Kailua Racquet Club, to watch the matches on Wednesday, January 25. This will the first time for kids to experience a professional tennis tournament.
 

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