Wheeelchair Tennis US Open Attracts 20 Top Athletes

21 Aug 2009 By IPC

The 2009 US Open Wheelchair Tennis Competition is on the calendars of all top-ranked Wheelchair Tennis athletes, as the event will bring together a total of 20 participants to Flushing, New York.

Taking place from 10-13 September, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) confirmed the event would, in its fourth year, include the best Wheelchair Tennis athletes from around the world. The top seven ranked players, according to the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) Rankings on 27 July, were selected on both the men and women’s sides. Additionally, there was one wild card player selected.

The 2009 US Open Wheelchair Competition will again include competitions for men, women and quad divisions, comprising a total of six events (Men’s Singles, Men’s Doubles, Women’s Singles, Women’s Doubles, Quad Singles and Quad Doubles).

This year’s field will feature the three-time and defending Women’s Singles champion Esther Vergeer of the Netherlands, two-time Men’s Singles champion (2005-06) Robin Ammerlaan of the Netherlands, defending Men’s Singles champion Shingo Kunieda of Japan, and defending Quad Singles champion Peter Norfolk of Great Britain. To classify as a Quad competitor, a player must have substantial loss of function in one or both lower extremities and one or both upper extremities.

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