A Day With a Grand Slam Champion

A Day With a Grand Slam Champion

Luke Jensen hits a few balls to kids during session two of Green River's tennis clinic. SweetwaterNOW Photo by Brayden Flack

GREEN RIVER — When Phil Harder answered his phone to an unfamiliar number at the dinner table, he thought he had been pranked.

On the other end of the phone call was Luke Jensen, the Grand Slam doubles champion from the 1993 French Open and ESPN tennis analyst. During that phone call, Jensen expressed that he’d like Green River High School to be one of his many stops as he traveled and hosted tennis clinics along the rocky mountain region.

After getting off the call, the Green River High School tennis coach said he called his coaching friend in Laramie to confirm he wasn’t dreaming. As it turned out, Harder’s dreams were actually reality.

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On Monday and Tuesday, Jensen hosted tennis clinics in Rock Springs and Green River for middle school and high school players along with an adult session for those simply looking to better their skills. From fundamental drills to mental toughness and strategy, the tennis champ dropped plenty of knowledge throughout the two days in Sweetwater County.

Harder said the opportunity for the kids and community was an incredible one, including for himself as a coach. On Monday night, Harder and Rock Springs High School tennis coach Darin Anderson went to dinner with Jensen where they had a few hours to pick his brain.

To top off the two successful clinics, Jensen donated back half of his proceeds to the tennis programs.