Southeast’s Top Wheelchair Tennis Athletes Compete in Walton Foundation’s 4th Annual Wheelchair Tennis Championship

20120617_WC_Tennis_Sunday_22Augusta, GA—The names David Williams, Marc Nadel and Harlon Matthews may not mean much to the general public, but they do in tennis circles: Williams is the nation’s reigning number one-ranked player, Nadel was once ranked sixth in the nation and served as division manager for the 1996 Paralympic Games, and Matthews ranks third in the USTA Southern division–all for wheelchair tennis.

Tennis is a challenging sport at any time and even more so when playing on two wheels, but these athletes make it look easy. The public will get an opportunity to watch a demonstration of the athleticism and power of wheelchair tennis during Walton Foundation’s 4th Annual Wheelchair Tennis Championship, Friday to Sunday, May 30 to June 1 at Newman Tennis Center, 3101 Washington Rd.

A highlight of the weekend is the Run/Roll event on Friday starting at 6 p.m., in which wheelchair tennis athletes join able-bodied tennis players on the court for an exciting match of doubles play.

Wheelchair tennis athletes from the nine states that make up the USTA Southern region participate in this annual tournament, part of the Georgia Wheelchair Tennis Grand Prix. The grand prix’s other tournaments take place in Atlanta, Rome and Locust Grove, Ga., culminating in the USTA Georgia Wheelchair State Championships in Peachtree City in October.

The championship is free to spectators and will also feature opportunities to learn more or to support the Walton Foundation for Independence’s sports and leisure programs, which include monthly adaptive golf clinics and weekly wheelchair tennis clinics. Clinics are offered at no cost to those 15 and older throughout the CSRA with physical disabilities, including wounded warriors and veterans.

Doubles/singles play begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday and lasts until tournament completion.

The event was named the Best Wheelchair Tennis Tournament in the Southern section (nine states) by USTA Southern. For more information, contact Alice Salley at 706-826-5809 or alices@www.waltonfoundation.net.