Wheels were rolling and feet running at a recent wheelchair tennis
exhibition held during the Family Circle Cup (April 11 - 19), as some
of the country’s top wheelchair players and local professionals battled
each other on the court.
The duo of Bob Masella, chairman of the wheelchair committee and a
captain of a United States Tennis Association (USTA) 3.0 Mixed Doubles
team, and Diane Fishburne, a world-ranked player and teaching
professional at the Country Club of Charleston, took the doubles match.
A hitting clinic followed, allowing local wheelchair players Terry
Weaver, Amanda Dunn, Gilbert Smith and Roger Sorg to hone their skills.
The fun continued when able-bodied players, such as MUSC Physical
Therapy students, SCTA’s president, Ron Charron, and executive
director, John Sheffield, got in the specialized sport chairs to swing
at a couple of balls.
The exhibition ended with a match featuring former international player
and MUSC associate professor of Radiology and Radiological Services,
Alessandro Cianfoni of Italy.
The Run/Roll Wheelchair Exhibition was hosted by the S.C. Wheelchair
Tennis Committee to raise awareness for the growing sport. The Run/Roll
is a perfect example of how wheelchair players can enjoy league play
To find out more about Wheelchair Tennis opportunities in your area, contact your State USTA office and check out http://www.usta.com.
Friday, May 1, 2009