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Melanie Oudin (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)

Melanie Oudin (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)

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NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) _ American tennis star Melanie Oudin will be in Newtown this week giving a tennis lesson to children in the town’s recreation program.

It’s the latest in a series of appearances by famous athletes after the December tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary school.

It was set up before the town’s first selectwoman recently announced Newtown would be turning down future invitations for special events there.

Pat Llodra says the community wants to enter a “period of quiet” and return to some kind of normalcy.

Oudin will be joined Wednesday by teaching professionals from USTA New England at Dickinson Park in Newtown.

She also will help announce the field for the upcoming New Haven Open tennis tournament, which takes place in August at Yale’s Connecticut Tennis Center.

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