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Wheelchair Tennis Championships still on

The 16th World Class Wheelchair Tennis Sectional championships will be held at Tahoe Donner Tennis club Friday, Sept. 28 through Sunday Sept. 30.

The Truckee event is the last tournament on the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour and will feature world-class disabled athletes from around the world.

Simon Hatt, the number one men’s player from Great Britain, and Uka Chokyu from British Columbia will be tough competition in the singles category that will culminate on Sunday in the finals.

Approximately 64 athletes from Europe, Canada, Australia, France, Chile, Taiwan and the U.S. will compete in the three day competition sponsored by the United States Tennis Association and organized by an all-volunteer nonprofit Northern Nevada/Tahoe Wheelchair Tennis Association.

“To see the two in one and the maneuvering it takes to play is really awesome,” said Director Bonni Sue Hickson.

The Mexican Federation team was also scheduled to attend the event this weekend, but has not been authorized to fly out of the country.

“This event is even more poignant after the disaster in New York because we show how to adapt and how to come back after a setback,” added Hickson.

“Every year it becomes a reunion for all of the players around the world which is something we desperately need right now.”

The Championships begin on Friday at 8:30 a.m. and will wrap up with an up/down doubles competition on Sunday afternoon, combining a wheelchair athlete with an able-bodied athlete.

For details, call 587-2108.

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