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Students, faculty serve up fun at Family Circle

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 and competition.

To find out more about Wheelchair Tennis opportunities in your area, contact your State USTA office and check out

Friday, May 1, 2009

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