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Tiffany Geller ready for action.

Wheelchair tennis is one of the fastest growing and most challenging of all wheelchair sports. To meet this demand, USA Tennis offers programs geared towards the wheelchair player.

Rules are the same as stand-up tennis, except the wheelchair player is allowed two bounces of the ball. Wheelchair tennis provides persons with disabilities the opportunity to share in activities with their peers and family, whether able-bodied or disabled. Playing wheelchair tennis adds to socialization and the normalization of life after sustaining a disabling injury. Proficient wheelchair users can play and actively compete against stand-up players.

A wheelchair tennis player must have a medically diagnosed, mobility-related disability, with a substantial or total loss of function in one or more extremeties. In wheelchair tennis, the player must master the game and the wheelchair. Learning mobility on the court is exciting and challenging, and helps build strength and cardiovascular ability.


Americans proved to be strong at the Canadian Open
This past weekend, June 19-22, 2003 at the Stoney Creek Tennis Center in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada some of our top American players played some great tennis.  Listed below are the highlights from the tournament.

Beth Arnoult: Diary from Europe, June 14
I had left you hanging yesterday, in regard to the US men's semifinals, they ended up winning both singles and even an 8 game proset for doubles!

We had the players banquet last night with lots of food and dancing, it was great! 

Then today, both the American women and men played their finals!  My team, the women, played the Netherlands. The first match was US Karin Korb (#18 in world) vs Maaike Smit (#2 in world), it was a great match! 

Sharon Clark and Karin Korb
USTA National Indoor Wheelchair Championship
St. Louis was once again the host city for USTA National Indoor Wheelchair Championships ROHO Gateway Classic. On May 22-25 some of our nations most skilled and highest ranked played their finest on the courts of The Chesterfield Athletic Club-DoubleTree Hotel & Conference Center. For 2003, in celebration of the Twentieth Anniversary of this USTA Category I event.

Quad Open winner David Wagner
Atlanta Outdoor
Wheelchair Championships
The Atlanta Outdoor Wheelchair Championships held May 15-18, 2003 at the Blackburn Tennis Center in Atlanta Georgia withstood the rain and had some fantastic tennis. Some of the comments from the players were that the Atlanta tournament staff are "a class act" and the Atlanta Outdoor was "a great tournament".


2003 Cajun Classic, Baton Rouge, LA
The Cajun Classic was held April 24-27, 2003 at BREC Independence Park in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  This year’s tournament was a great success!  Not even a one hour rain delay on day one could put a damper on the excitement of great tennis, awesome food and incomparable southern hospitality.   Many thanks to all of our sponsors and volunteers, without whom we could not hold such a successful event.

Wheelchair Tennis Player Receives High School Varsity Letter
Kevin Green, a 19-year old student from Oakville High School in St. Louis, Missouri, recently received a Varsity Letter for tennis. Kevin played on the tennis team all four years of high school, and his record for his senior year was 15-3. While receiving the letter seems fitting, it is a major accomplishment — Kevin is a wheelchair player who participates on his high school team with his able-bodied teammates.

USTA National Hardcourt Wheelchair Championships
Netherlanders Robin Ammerlaan and Esther Vergeer won the men’s and women’s Open singles titles respectively at the 13th annual Florida Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships at the Patch Reef Park Tennis Center in Boca Raton April 6. It was the first Florida Open title for Ammerlaan while Vergeer won for the second time. She had won it previously in 1999. Ammerlaan, ranked No. 2 in the world and top-seeded, defeated Steve Welch of Arlington, TX, 7-5, 6-2.

Austin, TX Chosen for ITF Junior Wheelchair Camp
This high performance tennis camp is designed for the top junior athletes in the world who are interested in developing their game.  These athletes, who will travel from South America, Canada, Europe, as well as the United States, will participate in 6-hours of game based tennis each day.

Instruction will be led by Paralympic gold medalist Randy Snow and other top wheelchair tennis instructors. Featuring 12 brand new tennis courts and on site lodging, the St. Stephens Tennis Academy is nestled in the scenic Texas Hill Country.