Wheelchair Tennis – Southern California Tennis News http://southerncaliforniatennis.org Tennis News, Events, Community Activities, Tournaments Wed, 28 Jun 2017 23:28:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 Wheelchair Tennis Sectional Championship June 3 & 4 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/wheelchair-tennis/wheelchair-tennis-sectional-championship-june-3-4/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/wheelchair-tennis/wheelchair-tennis-sectional-championship-june-3-4/#respond Mon, 15 May 2017 19:00:28 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=13717

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Two San Diego Players Lead World Cup Team To Bronze Title http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/two-san-diego-players-lead-world-cup-team-to-bronze-title/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/two-san-diego-players-lead-world-cup-team-to-bronze-title/#respond Fri, 12 May 2017 18:18:56 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=13697 Read more »]]> After finishing eighth last year, two San Diego players — Dana Mathewson and Lauren Haneke-Hopps – helped their team earn the bronze medal with a 2-0 victory over Switzerland at the recent BNP Paribas World Team Cup, an international wheelchair tennis event.

With the victory, the U.S. women returned to the World Team Cup medal podium for the first time since finishing as runner-up in 2003.

The World Team Cup is the ITF’s flagship wheelchair tennis event, often referred to as the Davis Cup and Fed Cup of wheelchair tennis.

Dana Matthewson

The closing ceremony was a momentous occasion for women’s head coach Paul Walker, who credited the depth of talent in U.S. women’s wheelchair tennis afterward. The women’s team was without two of its top players for the trip to Italy

“I am so very proud of these girls this week,” said Walker. “We started out ranked 10 in the tournament and ended up with a medal.”

“Team USA exceeded my expectations this year,” said USTA National Wheelchair tennis coach Jason Harnett. “I could not be more proud of how hard and how passionate all three of our teams played. The women placing third after more than 10 years off the medal stand is absolutely phenomenal. The junior team with the hat trick of junior titles is something that I only dreamed of. The quads getting back to the medal stand also showed the heart that these guys have. Truly a great World Team Cup for team USA.”

After finishing outside the Top 12 at last year’s event, the men’s team was relegated to the World Team Cup qualifying event earlier this year in March in Quito, Ecuador. After finishing as the runners-up to Brazil, the men will have to wait until 2018 for a shot to win the World Team Cup qualifying event to make it back into the World Group.

The World Team Cup tournament brings together the world’s best wheelchair tennis players to compete in one of the world’s premier tennis team events. A total of 40 teams representing 29 countries took part in the 2017 competition.

The USTA was officially designated by the USOC as the national governing body for the Paralympic sport of wheelchair tennis in June 2002, becoming the first Olympic national governing body to earn this recognition. As the national governing body for wheelchair tennis, the USTA manages wheelchair tennis in the United States, including the sanctioning of tournaments, overseeing wheelchair rankings, creating and managing a High Performance program for developing elite disabled athletes, and selecting teams to compete internationally for the United States.

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USTA/ITF International Junior Camp Americas And Dan James http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/wheelchair-tennis/ustaitf-international-junior-camp-americas-and-dan-james/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/wheelchair-tennis/ustaitf-international-junior-camp-americas-and-dan-james/#respond Wed, 16 Nov 2016 03:21:23 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=9444 Don James, National Manager of Wheelchair Tennis, USTA, talks about how he started with wheelchair tennis and his experiences since then.

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McFadden Intermediate Hosts Kiwanis Wheelchair Tennis Event 2016 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/wheelchair-tennis/mcfadden-intermediate-hosts-kiwanis-wheelchair-tennis-event-2016/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/wheelchair-tennis/mcfadden-intermediate-hosts-kiwanis-wheelchair-tennis-event-2016/#respond Fri, 30 Sep 2016 07:26:24 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=9264

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UPDATE – Sept 8th Long Beach Wounded Warrior Tennis Clinic http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/long-beach-wounded-warrior-tennis-clinic-on-aug-5/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/long-beach-wounded-warrior-tennis-clinic-on-aug-5/#respond Wed, 31 Aug 2016 07:50:26 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=8527 Read more »]]> UPDATE: Next Long Beach Wounded Warrior Tennis Clinic Is Sept 8th, 2016.

We look forward to seeing you next week at the Long Beach Wounded Warrior Tennis Clinic on Friday,  Aug. 5th !

Wounded Warriors of Long Beach & First Serve at BJK Tennis Center

Wounded Warriors of Long Beach & First Serve at BJK Tennis Center

Please confirm your attendance at the upcoming clinic by responding to this note, or notifying either of the following persons :

Local transportation needs will be coordinated through Anne and Marsha, in getting to the Billie Jean King Tennis Center (in Long Beach) at noon.

As a reminder, the clinic is open to wheelchair players at this time, and runs from noon until 1:00 PM.  If you are ambulatory with a prothesis, I will keep you on our list for future consideration. There will be a light lunch served afterwards for veterans (Please see the attached flyer).

All persons involved with the clinic need to complete the attached insurance liability form (including clinic players, instructors, and volunteers).

We look forward to seeing you next Friday !

Best regards,
Steve Weaver
email : weaversww@gmail.com
cell : 562-505-0462

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Wounded Warriors of Long Beach And First Serve http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/diversity/wounded-warriors-of-long-beach-and-first-serve/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/diversity/wounded-warriors-of-long-beach-and-first-serve/#respond Fri, 15 Jul 2016 21:48:44 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=8279 Read more »]]> The Wounded Warriors of Long Beach at the VA Hospital have teamed up with First Serve to go the BJK Tennis Center the first Friday of every month to receive free tennis lessons for wheelchair veterans.

Wounded Warriors of Long Beach & First Serve at BJK Tennis Center

Wounded Warriors of Long Beach & First Serve at BJK Tennis Center

The first two successful clinics had with approximately 8-10 participants.

Wounded Warriors of Long Beach & First Serve at BJK Tennis Center

Wounded Warriors of Long Beach & First Serve at BJK Tennis Center

We have local restaurants donate food for lunch after the one hour clinic.

Wounded Warriors of Long Beach & First Serve at BJK Tennis Center

Wounded Warriors of Long Beach & First Serve at BJK Tennis Center

Everyone has a great time and the word is spreading fast, so we expect more participants each month!

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July 8 Long Beach Wounded Warrior Tennis Clinic http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/wheelchair-tennis/july-8-long-beach-wounded-warrior-tennis-clinic/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/wheelchair-tennis/july-8-long-beach-wounded-warrior-tennis-clinic/#respond Fri, 01 Jul 2016 20:03:29 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=8201 Read more »]]> Long-Beach-Wounded-Warrior-Clinic-1

We look forward to seeing you in two weeks at the Long Beach Wounded Warrior Tennis Clinic on Friday, July 8th !

Please confirm your attendance at the upcoming clinic by responding to this note, or notifying either of the following persons:

  • Ann Kinnischtzke, VA Recreation Therapist, 562-826-8000, ext. 2121
  • Marsha Ibanez, Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center, 562-401-6847

Local transportation needs will be coordinated through Anne and Marsha, in getting to the Billie Jean King Tennis Center (in Long Beach) at noon.

As a reminder, the clinic is open to wheelchair players at this time, and runs from noon until 1:00 PM. If you are ambulatory with a prothesis, I will keep you on our list for future consideration. There will be a light lunch served afterwards for veterans.

All persons involved with the clinic need to complete the insurance liability form (including clinic players, instructors, and volunteers).

We look forward to seeing you on the Friday after July 4th!

Steve Weaver
email : weaversww@gmail.com

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2016 National Wounded Warrior Tennis Camp Recap http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/wheelchair-tennis/2016-national-wounded-warrior-tennis-camp-recap/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/wheelchair-tennis/2016-national-wounded-warrior-tennis-camp-recap/#respond Tue, 31 May 2016 05:48:12 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=7029 Read more »]]> 5th Annual National Wounded Warrior Tennis Camp Provides Pathway to Better Fitness and Mental Health

The San Diego District Tennis Association (SDDTA) and Balboa Tennis Club hosted the 5th Annual National Wounded Warrior Tennis Camp from May 15-21, 2016.  The camp is part of a free, year-round program that uses tennis as a means of physical/emotional rehabilitation and community re-integration for wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans from across the country.  Over 800 have participated in the program since 2009.

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On the first day of the camp, members of the San Diego tennis community greeted over 50 participants from 24 states upon their arrival at the airport and assisted with their transportation to the Crowne Plaza Hotel where they received a warm welcome from members of the SDDTA’s Military Outreach Committee.

As part of their reception, they received goodie bags filled with supplies for the week from many sponsors, including tennis shoes courtesy of Tennis Warehouse, camp T-shirts, ball caps, tennis balls, water bottles, sunscreen, introductory tennis rule books, keychains, notepads, pens, snack bags made by the Twin Peaks Middle School’s Builders Club and socks and handmade greeting cards from the Painted Rock Elementary School’s K-Kids Club.  Each participant also received a new Prince tennis racquet.

The campers ranged in age from 23-69, represented all military services and many ethnic groups.  They had a wide range of visible and invisible disabilities including spinal cord injuries, amputations, orthopedic impairments, traumatic brain injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder and many other debilitating conditions.  Several brought their care givers and service animals.

Twelve pros from Balboa Tennis Club and three guest pros provided a total of 12 hours of instruction to each camper over three days.  Although nearly all the campers were beginners and 14 played in wheelchairs, by the fourth day, all could serve and rally, and they participated in a fun round robin tournament.  Several local news stations highlighted the camp on prime time broadcasts.

Dozens of energetic and dedicated volunteers helped with site set-up, food preparation and service, on-court assistance, medical care, and massage therapy.  Guest speakers from Seg4Vets, Southern Caregivers Resource Center, Operation Homefront, and Disabled American Veterans gave lunchtime presentations about a wide range of free services available to the campers.

As part of the rehabilitative goals for the camp, evening outings to the Coronado Community Center, Air and Space Museum, Old Town, and a morning harbor cruise provided additional opportunities for the campers to bond, develop friendships, and provide mentorship and emotional support to each other.  On the final evening, the campers were treated to a celebratory dinner where many were formally recognized with awards for their accomplishments on and off the court.

Dozens of tennis and community support organizations, restaurants, and generous individuals provided substantial financial and in-kind support so that all the campers’ expenses were covered including airfare, lodging, meals, local transportation, tennis equipment and more.  This was critical as many campers would not have been able to afford to attend on their own.

As the campers prepared to return to their hometowns, they received information about tennis resources and points of contact in their communities so they can continue their recoveries through tennis.  In the words of one camper that exemplified comments by many others, “You have no idea how impactful this camp has been.  It has turned my life around, and I am truly grateful for everything you have done for us.  I can’t wait to keep playing tennis when I get home!”

More information on the SDDTA’s Wounded Warrior Tennis Program can be found at www.sdwoundedwarriortennis.org and www.facebook.com/sdwoundedwarriorstennis.

by Steve Kappes

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SCTA Rewards Good Sportsmanship at 2 Local Tournaments http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/scta-rewards-good-sportsmanship-at-2-local-tournaments/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/scta-rewards-good-sportsmanship-at-2-local-tournaments/#respond Fri, 22 Apr 2016 19:06:04 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=6663 Read more »]]> Good Sport        In a recent SCTA Newsletter, it was announced that the SCTA would begin recognizing and rewarding players who display “good sportsmanship” during an Adult or Junior tournament.

Recognized at the Lakewood Adult NTRP Tournament April 16-18, was Victor Barba, who received a $25 Tennis Warehouse Gift Card.

Tournament Director Eric Stephens (L) with Victor Barba (R)

Tournament Director Eric Stephens (L) with Victor Barba (R), sportsmanship winner

 

Recognized at the 4th Annual West Coast Wheelchair Tennis Classic April 16-18,  were Henry Reyes and Michael Yousefi who each received Tennis Warehouse $25 Gift Cards.

Mike Yousefi Sportsmanship winner

Mike Yousefi Sportsmanship winner

Henry Reyes Sportsmanship winner

Henry Reyes Sportsmanship winner

 

 

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FIFTH ANNUAL NATIONAL WOUNDED WARRIOR TENNIS CAMP SET FOR MAY 16-19, 2016 AT SAN DIEGO’S HISTORIC BALBOA TENNIS CLUB http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/fifth-annual-national-wounded-warrior-tennis-camp-set-for-may-16-19-2016-at-san-diegos-historic-balboa-tennis-club/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/fifth-annual-national-wounded-warrior-tennis-camp-set-for-may-16-19-2016-at-san-diegos-historic-balboa-tennis-club/#respond Tue, 19 Apr 2016 13:22:31 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=6576 Read more »]]>
San Diego, Calif. – (April 18, 2016) – The fifth annual National Wounded Warrior Tennis Camp is scheduled to take place May 16-19, 2016 at the Balboa Tennis Club located at 2221 Morley Field Dr, San Diego, CA 92104.
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Over 50 wounded, ill, and injured service members and military veterans from across the country are expected to participate in the Tennis Camp, which is being hosted by the San Diego District Tennis Association (SDDTA), in collaboration with the United States Tennis Association, Naval Medical Center San Diego and the Balboa Tennis Club.The camp, which will offer on-court sessions from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. each day, will focus on helping participants improve their tennis skills through game-based clinics and instruction in an upbeat, fun-filled atmosphere.  The camp also provides emotional benefits and helps with community re-integration.Fundraising efforts are currently underway to help cover all participants’ airfare, lodging, meals, transportation, tennis equipment wounded warrior 2and instruction. The San Diego District Tennis Association is accepting contributions through its 501(c)(3) fiscal agent, Tennis Lovers For Charity, which are tax deductible. Checks may be made to “Tennis Lovers for Charity” and mailed to SDDTA, 2221 Morley Field Dr., San Diego, CA 92104.

“The positive feedback we have received from past camp participants has been overwhelming,” said Steve Kappes, Director of Military Outreach for the SDDTA. “Many have commented that tennis changed their lives for the better and in some cases, has saved their lives.”

For more information on the fifth annual National Wounded Warrior Tennis Camp, please go to: http://www.sdwoundedwarriortennis.org
and www.facebook.com/sdwoundedwarriorstennis.

The camp will be led by Balboa Tennis Club’s Tennis Director, Geoff Griffin, a USPTA-certified teaching professional for over 25 years, and other professional tennis instructors from twounded warrior 5he club. All have been involved in the club’s Wounded Warrior Tennis Program since its inception in 2009. Support staff from Naval Medical Center San Diego will assist, along with trained volunteers from the tennis community.

About the Wounded Warrior Tennis Program – Since 2009, the Balboa Tennis Club, in collaboration with Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) and the San Diego District Tennis Association, has provided hundreds of free weekly tennis clinics to more than 700 wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans from all the military services as part of NMCSD’s Wounded, Ill, and Injured Wellness Division of its Health and Wellness Department.wounded warrior 3

These military tennis clinics and tennis camps have been recognized by Congressional representatives, senior officials from the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs, and the leadership of the United States Tennis Association for their excellence and impact. They have become the model for similar tennis programs for wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans that have been established at other major military medical centers, Warrior Transition Units, and VA hospitals across the country.

The Wounded Warrior Tennis Program has made a positive impact in the lives of wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans. Therapeutically, tennis has helped them work on eye-hand coordination, balance, ability to transfer weight, endurance, strength, and overall fitness. In addition to the physical benefits, tennis enables theWounded warrior 1m to learn a new sport, promotes socialization, decreases stress and anxiety, and helps with re-integration into the community.

About The Balboa Tennis Club – The Balboa Tennis Club (BTC), which dates back to 1922, was rated as America’s Best Public Tennis Facility by the USTA in 1989. In 2000, the San Diego District Tennis Association named BTC as Club of the Year and in 2003, it received the Outstanding Tennis Facility award from the USTA for large facilities in the United States.
Thank you to J. Fred Sidhu for contributing to this post.

 

 

 

 

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WATCH: Wheelchair Tennis in Southern California http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/wheelchair-tennis/watch-wheelchair-tennis-in-southern-california/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/wheelchair-tennis/watch-wheelchair-tennis-in-southern-california/#respond Mon, 25 Jan 2016 20:48:20 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=5786

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Diversity & Inclusion Grants http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/youth-tennis/diversity-and-inclusion-grants/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/youth-tennis/diversity-and-inclusion-grants/#respond Wed, 25 Nov 2015 20:56:42 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=4892 Read more »]]> 2016 DIVERSITY & INCLUSION GRANTS

https://www.usta.com/About-USTA/USTA-Awards/grants/

Diversity & Inclusion grants offer financial support to:

  1. Athletes of ethnic or diverse backgrounds.
  2. High performance tennis programs that serve to develop players of ethnic or racially diverse backgrounds OR that serve low-income junior tennis players and enable them to use their tennis ability to secure a college education.

Available Grants
Multicultural Individual Player Grant for National Competition & Training
Okechi Womeodu Scholar Athlete Grant
Althea Gibson Leadership Award
Pancho González Scholar Athlete Grant
Asian-American Scholar Athlete Leadership Grant
Native American Scholar Athlete Leadership Grant
Multicultural Excellence Program Grant

To apply, please click on the applicable grant application below and also fill out this W-9 form.

Multicultural Individual Player Grant for National Competition & Training

Provide funding to competitive junior players aspiring to achieve national and/or international rankings. Funding will be based on participation in specific USTA sanctioned tournaments in 2016. Must be training and competing in tournaments year-round and have a history of strong national tournament results.

National Contacts:
Yasmine Osborn, Manager, Diversity (914) 572-2547 Yasmine.osborn@usta.com or
Terri Arnold-McKenzie, Coordinator, Diversity (914) 697-2381 Arnold@usta.com

Okechi Womeodu Scholar Athlete Grant

Honoring the memory, life and achievements of Okechi Womeodu, who otherwise would have had a very promising future, both on and off the court. Rewards players who work to excel as much in the classroom as in sports. Must be training and competing in tournaments year-round, have a history of strong national tournaments results and a minimum GPA of 3.0.

National Contacts:
Yasmine Osborn, Manager, Diversity (914) 572-2547 Yasmine.osborn@usta.com or
Terri Arnold-McKenzie, Coordinator, Diversity (914) 697-2381 Arnold@usta.com

Number of grants available: 1 grant (African-American male)

Althea Gibson Leadership Award

Honoring  the memory, life and achievements of Althea Gibson, the first African-American Grand Slam champion, who paved the way for millions who followed. Rewards players who work to excel in leading others both on and off the court. Must be training and competing in tournaments year-round.

National Contacts:
Yasmine Osborn, Manager, Diversity (914) 572-2547 Yasmine.osborn@usta.com or
Terri Arnold-McKenzie, Coordinator, Diversity (914) 697-2381 Arnold@usta.com
Number of grants available: 1 grant (African-American female)

Pancho González Scholar Athlete Grant

In honor of Pancho Gonzalez, the Mexican-American icon who won two U.S. Championships men’s singles titles and whose dedication to the sport of tennis brought together fans from all walks of life. We look to reward a player(s) who work to excel in leading others both on and off the court. The recipient(s) must be training and competing in tournaments year-round.

National Contacts:
Yasmine Osborn, Manager, Diversity (914) 572-2547 Yasmine.osborn@usta.com or
Terri Arnold-McKenzie, Coordinator, Diversity (914) 697-2381 Arnold@usta.com
Number of grants available: 2 grants (one male and one female)

Asian-American Scholar Athlete Leadership Grant 

In honor of the achievements of Asian-American tennis pioneers who paved the way for millions who followed, we look to reward a player(s) who work to excel in leading others both on and off the court. The recipient(s) must be training and competing in tournaments year-round.

National Contacts:
Yasmine Osborn, Manager, Diversity (914) 572-2547 Yasmine.osborn@usta.com or
Terri Arnold-McKenzie, Coordinator, Diversity (914) 697-2381 Arnold@usta.com
Number of grants available: 2 grants (one male and one female)

Native American Scholar Athlete Leadership Grant

In honor of the achievements of Native American tennis pioneers who paved the way for millions who followed, we look to reward a player(s) who work to excel in leading others both on and off the court. The recipient(s) must be training and competing in tournaments year-round.

National Contact:
Yasmine Osborn, Manager, Diversity (914) 572-2547 Yasmine.osborn@usta.com or
Terri Arnold-McKenzie, Coordinator, Diversity (914) 697-2381 Arnold@usta.com
Number of grants available: 2 grants (one male and one female)

Multicultural Excellence Program Grant

Provide funding to competitive junior development programs that are training youngsters aspiring to achieve national and/or international rankings. Funding will be based on number of players with sectional and national rankings in a specific program. Must be a year-round program that provides a high level of on-court instruction and off-court training opportunities and must have a history of developing tournament level players.

National Contacts:
Yasmine Osborn, Manager, Diversity (914) 572-2547 Yasmine.osborn@usta.com or
Terri Arnold-McKenzie, Coordinator, Diversity (914) 697-2381 Arnold@usta.com

For USTA Southern California section support with the grant process, please email
Bruce Hunt at Bhunt@scta.usta.com or call (310) 208-3838.

For a full list of USTA grants visit,
https://www.usta.com/About-USTA/USTA-Awards/grants/

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Wheelchair Tennis Doubles Masters At Mission Viejo http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/wheelchair-tennis/wheelchair-tennis-doubles-masters-at-mission-viejo/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/wheelchair-tennis/wheelchair-tennis-doubles-masters-at-mission-viejo/#respond Tue, 29 Sep 2015 00:59:44 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=4115 Read more »]]> It’s almost time for the UNIQLO Doubles Masters at Mission Viejo!

It should be another exciting competition, and they want to have lots of people come out and share the experience.  Play begins on Tuesday, November 3 and runs through Saturday, November 7, so mark your calendars and plan to come out and see this field of top international players.

There will be a free clinic sponsored by Babolat on Saturday afternoon, November 7 at 3:00 in the afternoon.  Anyone is welcome to attend, and they will especially welcome members of the local Wheelchair Tennis community.

There will be demo racquets to try out, prizes for participants, and a great chance to met and greet some of the Doubles Masters players.

It should be a great time for everyone!

 

 

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Impressive field lined up for Wheelchair Doubles Masters in Mission Viejo http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/impressive-field-lined-up-for-wheelchair-doubles-masters-in-mission-viejo/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/impressive-field-lined-up-for-wheelchair-doubles-masters-in-mission-viejo/#respond Mon, 28 Sep 2015 22:38:38 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=4105 Read more »]]> imagegen

Impressive field lined up for Wheelchair Doubles Masters in Mission Viejo

This year’s field at the prestigious UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters is expected to be the strongest yet. The City of Mission Viejo will host the exciting event November 3-7 at the Marguerite Tennis Pavilion.

The UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters is the International Tennis Federation’s flagship wheelchair tennis doubles event. First staged in 2000, the season-ending event features the world’s top eight men’s pairs, top six women’s pairs and top four quad pairs. Mission Viejo is the first U.S. city to ever host the event, which will take place in this South County community for the third straight year.

“This will be an exhilarating year as we expect most of the top players and teams from the last two years to return to Mission Viejo,” said Jason Harnett, Mission Viejo’s head tennis professional and co-tournament director.  “That includes the top singles players: world #1 Shingo Kunieda of Japan in the men’s division; world #1 Jiske Griffioen of the Netherlands in the women’s division; and world #2 David Wagner of the USA in the quad division.”

The competition will also feature Dutch duo Jiske Griffioen and Aniek Van Koot, this year’s U.S. Open champions at Flushing Meadows that defeated last year’s UNIQLO Doubles Masters and Calendar Grand Slam champs Great Britain’s Jordanne Whiley and Yui Kamiji of Japan.  Returning for a third Mission Viejo appearance is 2012 Doubles gold medalist Marjolein Buis of the Netherlands.

In the quad division are David Wagner and Nick Taylor – possibly the most prolific doubles teams in the history of tennis. The pair returns to Mission Viejo with three Paralympic gold medals.

ITF-Carousel-Slide6Stay tuned to http://www.wheelchairdoublesmasters.com for updates about the excitement and opportunity to witness these inspirational athletes in action. See exciting video of the tournament here.

 For further information on the tournaments, please call (949) 859-4348(949) 859-4348 or email  tennis@cityofmissionviejo.org.

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SoCal Gears Up for North/South Wheelchair Team Challenge http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/socal-gears-up-for-northsouth-wheelchair-team-challenge/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/socal-gears-up-for-northsouth-wheelchair-team-challenge/#respond Fri, 25 Sep 2015 21:31:22 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=4056 Read more »]]> USTA Southern California is currently accepting applications for the annual North South Wheelchair Team Challenge, which will take place October 24-25 at Sunnyside Health and Tennis Club in Fresno, California.

Now in its fifth year, the event offers a unique opportunity for local wheelchair players to team up and compete against our friendly rivals to the north! The teams include two players from each section in the following divisions: Open, A, B, C, Women, and Quad.WC 3

Team captains for the 2015 Challenge include Todd Hanover and Jerry Russell for Southern California and Mike Yousefi and David Van Brunt for Northern California.

Russel has been competing in this event since its inception in 2011 and is an active member of the wheelchair tennis community in Southern California.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” Russel said. “I have played in many tournaments all over the place, but this is something special. It’s the closest thing we have to Davis Cup. It’s been a great way to get people together in a different atmosphere.”

Northern California has a 3-1 team record over Southern California in the North/South Wheelchair Team Challenge. The Challenge Cup has not seen the Southern California coastline since the tournament’s first year, when the SoCal team captured its first and only title.

“Our team is definitely anxious to bring the cup back to Southern California where it belongs,” Hanover said.

And you can expect the SoCal team to give it their all this year, as they always do.

“It’s a friendly rivalry, but we can get extremely competitive on the court.” Russel commented. “All of the players know each other pretty well, but we really get behind each other when the matches are out. We’re playing for the team, not just ourselves.”

WC 2Hanover enters into his second year as a player in the event and is taking the reins as co-captain. He encourages all Southern California wheelchair tennis players to take note and support the cause.

“This is one of the most unique and fun events I have ever played and I can’t wait to do it again.”

Matches will begin Saturday at 12:00 p.m. followed by dinner for all of the players at the club. Sunday matches will begin at 9 a.m. and will be followed by lunch and awards.

October 5th is the deadline to apply as a Southern California team representative. Players will be chosen based on their 2015 record and availability.

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Team USA Wins Four Medals In Parapan Am Games http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/wheelchair-tennis/team-usa-wins-four-medals-in-parapan-am-games/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/wheelchair-tennis/team-usa-wins-four-medals-in-parapan-am-games/#respond Tue, 18 Aug 2015 02:02:49 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=3544 Read more »]]>

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Team USA won four medals in the wheelchair tennis competition at the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto this week, tied with Brazil for the most of any nation.

Top seed Kaitlyn Verfuerth collected a silver medal in the women’s singles competition and Emmy Kaiser won a bronze in the same event. Verfuerth, who celebrated her 30th birthday on Wednesday, and Kaiser, 25, also teamed up to win bronze in the women’s doubles.

World No. 18 Verfuerth – who took home the gold medal in the 2007 Parapan Am Games – dropped just six games en route to the final, where she fell to Brazilian Natalia Mayara, 7-6(4), 6-2. Mayara previously defeated No. 2 seed Kaiser in Wednesday’s semifinals, but the Kentucky native responded by beating fourth-seeded Chilean Francisca Mardones, 6-1, 6-1, in the bronze medal match.

“This week has been amazing,” Verfuerth said. “To have the honor to represent the USA and win two medals is such an exciting accomplishment. I am disappointed that I couldn’t bring home the gold, however I am looking forward to getting home, getting back on court, and improving on the things I need to work on. In big competitions like this one you can really take away what you need to work on … I can only leave this city with happy memories.”

Added Kaiser: “I had a great time here in Toronto. Glad I got to finish on a high note and can’t wait to see where we can get as a team leading up to Rio.”

In the men’s events, Jon Rydberg won America’s second silver medal in the tennis competition. The 37-year-old from Minnesota, also a gold medal winner in 2007, fell to Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez, 6-1, 6-2, in the gold medal match on Centre Court. Rydberg and Steve Baldwin, 44, were defeated in the bronze medal match in the men’s doubles competition on Thursday.

The four medals in wheelchair tennis upped the total medal count for the U.S. to 116, which trails only host nation Canada (145) and Brazil (219) as of Friday.

In 2011, the U.S. won five medals in the wheelchair tennis competition, including three gold, one silver and one bronze. Click here to see complete results from Team USA at the 2015 Parapan Am Games.

By Ashley Marshall/USTA.com

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San Diego Unified Students Stand Out http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/wheelchair-tennis/san-diego-unified-students-stand-out/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/wheelchair-tennis/san-diego-unified-students-stand-out/#respond Tue, 28 Apr 2015 03:14:18 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=1919 Read more »]]>

San Diego Unified students stand out at Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair

ChloeKuo2_webStudents from 13 San Diego Unified schools took home awards, including the Senior Sweepstakes award, after competing in the 61st annual Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair held at the end of March.

More than 650 students in grades 7 through 12 attending school in San Diego or Imperial counties entered projects in this year’s fair. Topics of entries ranged from animal science, biochemistry and computer science, to mathematics, medicine and health science, microbiology, and electrical and mechanical engineering.

Projects were judged and winners were selected in either the senior division, which covers grades 9-12, or the junior division, which covers grades 7-8.

This year, La Jolla High School junior Chloe Kuo was named the Senior Sweepstakes – ACFEA winner for her project on ways to improve movement on manual wheelchairs. Kuo created a prototype wheelchair that featured a hands-free, voice activated locking and unlocking mechanism for the axels that allow the user to use one hand to propel both wheels at once, then unlock the axels using a voice command to operate them separately.

Kuo, a tennis player, was inspired to create the wheelchair after playing a round of wheelchair tennis. She was recognized for her win by the San Diego County Board of Education at its April 8 Board Meeting, where she described her inspiration and showed how here wheelchair prototype works.http://stream.sdcoe.net/wc/boardmeeting040815/ (starts at 32:35)

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Adaptive Tennis Award Nominations Due April 17 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/wheelchair-tennis/adaptive-tennis-award-nominations-due-april-17/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/wheelchair-tennis/adaptive-tennis-award-nominations-due-april-17/#respond Tue, 24 Mar 2015 06:40:03 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=1179 Adaptive_Tennis_Award_Flyer4

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Indian Wells Tennis Garden Showcases Wheelchair Athletes http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/wheelchair-tennis/indian-wells-tennis-garden-showcases-wheelchair-athletes/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/wheelchair-tennis/indian-wells-tennis-garden-showcases-wheelchair-athletes/#respond Sat, 14 Feb 2015 01:21:12 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=798 Read more »]]> 1. No CaptionJPGFrom the 6th until the 8th of February, the Indian Wells Tennis Garden hosted an International Tennis Federation Wheelchair Championships. It was a Level 3 event, at the storied location, which received the 2014 USTA Featured Facility Award.

D’Wayne Begay, the Southern California Tennis Service Representative whose area of focus is the Coachella Valley, said, “This was the fourth year of the tournament. Todd Hanover, who founded 2 Bounce Tennis, a charity organization that assists disabled individuals, was the Tournament Director.

“I’m certified as a wheelchair instructor and coach. I got involved working at Indian Wells Tennis Garden and coaching Todd. Before coming to the desert, I ran wheelchair tournaments at the country club, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where I worked.”

Todd Hanover  Photo Indian Wells Tennis Garden

Todd Hanover
Photo Indian Wells Tennis Garden

Tom Fey the boundlessly enthusiastic Director of Tennis at the facility and a member of the Southern California Tennis Association Board of Directors has made wheelchair tennis the focus at his state-of-the-art location. He selected Begay to run the weekly wheelchair clinic that takes place every Monday between the hours of 3:30 and 6:00 p.m. Wheelchair athletes, of all skill levels, participate in the free activity.

In summary, Begay said, “The tournament was a success and the players were very happy. Todd did a great job, putting everything together. The world-class players, who have never been here before, are really anxious to come back.”

He added, “There were a lot of comments about the wheelchair community tennis app. It is very similar to Facebook. Anyone can download it if they use a smart phone. All they need to do is type in – wheelchair tennis community.”

Mark Winters

All the participants were winners.

All the participants were winners.

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UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters At Marguerite Tennis Pavilion http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/uniqlo-wheelchair-doubles-masters-at-marguerite-tennis-pavilion/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/uniqlo-wheelchair-doubles-masters-at-marguerite-tennis-pavilion/#respond Mon, 03 Nov 2014 02:56:18 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=156 Read more »]]> 1._Marguerite_Tennis_Pavilion_Photo_ITFIt is likely a tremendous understatement, but learning to play tennis well is difficult. The sport has never been easy to master. It requires diligence, practice and competitive concentration. Intermixed with the progress that is being made there are “world champion” highs and “I am better than this” lows.

While it may be possible to imagine the experience, add in, doing it as a wheelchair tennis player at an International Tennis Federation tournament? Challenging, indeed.

The best competitors in the world will participate in the UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters Championships taking place at the Marguerite Tennis Pavilion, in Mission Viejo, November 5-9. Men’s play features eight elite teams. There will be six teams in the Women’s draw, and four top Quadriplegic (Quad) doubles duos on the courts.

Steve Bell, the city’s Community Services Manager, and Jason Harnett, who is responsible for organizing Mission Viejo’s tennis efforts, have been in the forefront of preparations for the premiere event. After hosting the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters Championships, which was the first time the tournament had been staged in the US, Bell and Harnett are well aware of the need to live up to the impressive standard that was established in 2013. They now feel they have improved on the previously successful approach.

“Strictly, from a business standpoint, we focused more on taking the event to the people directly instead of utilizing the print media,” Bell said. “We developed relationships with the UNIQLO stores in Los Angeles and Orange County as well as the PGA store in Orange County. Although the event is free through the finals on Sunday, we printed complimentary tickets that those stores are placing in shopper’s bags when they make a purchase.

“We have also utilized partnerships in Mission Viejo to do this. As a result, we have given out 17,000 tickets. We’ll see how this pans out in attendance, but we think it will have more of an impact than last year’s strategy at about 5% of the cost.”

Harnett added, “Everything Steve said is spot on.  We took a little different approach marketing wise and not only is it cost effective, but the word on the street is strong.  I think because of the quality of the event being as high as it was, both players and patrons have expressed their excitement by coming back as competitors and spectators.  We have changed the site plan some to be a little more efficient with the space available at the Marguerite Tennis Pavilion.”

One of the realities in today’s sports world is an event must be multifaceted when it comes to attracting a sizeable audience. “We will have two Up/Down Exhibitions during the week, one on Friday evening involving two members of the University of California-Irvine men’s tennis team with World No. 1 Quad player, David Wagner, and his partner and fellow three-time Paralympic Gold Medalist and Seven-Time Doubles Masters Champion, Nick Taylor (all with Wagner),” Harnett said. “Saturday night will also have a similar exhibition involving local Mission Viejo resident and International Tennis Hall of Fame Member, Michael Chang and the US Men’s No. 1 wheelchair player, Stephen Welch and others to be announced.  These exhibitions involve an able-bodied player teaming up with a wheelchair athlete for a game of doubles.  They are designed to showcase the integrative qualities of wheelchair tennis and how it is, probably, the best [that exists] within disabled sports.  Following the exhibition on Saturday night, there will be a short ceremony honoring some legendary players and supporters of wheelchair tennis.  Brad Parks (founder of wheelchair tennis), Chang, Roy Emerson, Dennis Ralston and Bob Lutz have all committed.  Vic Braden will also be recognized posthumously. They are all International Tennis Hall of Fame Members (except for Lutz who has been a multi-time nominee and Braden, who is surely on his way). But, because he is coaching Kei Nishikori, who could possible qualify for the year-end ATP Championships in London, Chang may have to withdraw.”

Along with the exhibitions and the matches, which will feature almost fitness defying resilience and ingenious shot-making savvy, there will be more. “We also have a Family Fun Day theme on Saturday involving bouncy houses, face-painting and a free clinic sponsored by Babolat,” Harnett noted. “The clinic will be held from 3:00-4:30 p.m. It is free and open to anyone, whether they are in a wheelchair or not. There will be demo racquets to try, and a hit for prizes taking place. It should be fun for everyone.”

The 2013 effort has left a distinct impression as Bell brought out. “Last year, many of the players commented that it was the best run event they had ever participated in,” he said. “They are excited to be coming back. They know what kind of class event Mission Viejo runs.”

Harnett concluded saying, “Besides the world class tennis, there will be a few other fun events that should solidify this tournament as truly one of the finest in the world. As Steve said, we received compliments from players and coaches (tough critics!) about the quality of the event possibly being the best in the world.  Quite a compliment considering last year was our first year hosting a World Championship, essentially, at a brand new facility, (the Marguerite Tennis Pavilion).”

For more information about the UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters Championships, visit www.itfwheelchairmasters.com

Mark Winters

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