Palmetto Dunes hosts Sept. 18 Wheelchair Pro Tennis Exhibition
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center will kick off the 2006 Wheelchair Tennis Championships with a Wheelchair Pro Tennis Exhibition on September 18 at 5:30 p.m.
The exhibition matches will feature Yann Mathieu, the 30th-ranked men's wheelchair player and the No. 1 player in Canada, and Claude Brunet, the 50th ranked men's wheelchair player in the world and No. 5 in Canada.
Those two players and others will battle several of the Palmetto Dunes professionals in "One Up/One Down" matches.
"We hosted this exhibition last year and it was very well received," said Palmetto Dunes Tennis Director John Kerr. "It was certainly educational for me and a lot of the spectators that hadn't seen much wheelchair tennis. They talked about the special chairs they use and the rules are a little bit different - they get two bounces - there were some different things I don't think a lot of people knew about.
"They are amazing athletes," said Kerr. "To be able to serve out of a chair like that, and they can hit topspin, hard, everything, and they move so fast. It's amazing. We are very proud to have them here at Palmetto Dunes."
The Palmetto Dunes exhibition kicks off the $17,500 ROHO/PTR Wheelchair Championships, which will be played Sept. 20-24, and features men's, women's and quad divisions. Matches will be held at the Van der Meer Tennis Center, Shipyard Racquet Club and Chaplin Park on Hilton Head Island. Some of the top wheelchair players in the world, as well as novice and junior players, will compete in this event, which is part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour and sanctioned by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and the International Tennis Federation (ITF).
The Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) and ROHO, Inc., will co-sponsor the Wheelchair Championships.
Come out to see why tennis is the fastest growing of all wheelchair sports. If you would like to volunteer, or for more information, please call Julie Jilly at 785-7244 or e-mail Julie@ptrtennis.org.