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Wheelchair tennis tournament Sept. 28-30

The 16th annual Tahoe Donner International Wheelchair Tennis Sectional Championship will be held Sept. 28-30 at the Tahoe Donner Tennis Club.

Truckee will again welcome this prestigious championship tournament, completing the 2001 wheelchair tennis circuit before the 24th US Open Championship in San Diego.

USTA NorCal presents the championship as part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

According to Director Bonni Sue Hickson, this duo status award-winning tournament will draw the top world-class Men’s, Women’s, Quads’ Main/Second divisional athletes, plus 10 divisions that include local athletes, junior and seniors.

More than 70 players are expected from around the world. Countries already represented are Great Britain, Mexico, Chile, France, Koma Australia, Taiwan and Canada.

These athletes, including the local Reno/Tahoe Wheelchair Tennis Team, will compete at the Tahoe Donner Tennis Club daily from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. beginning Friday, Sept 28. Finals in all divisions are on Sunday, Sept 30, followed by the lively community Up/Down Doubles tournament until dusk.

Mayor Don McCormack has proclaimed Sept. 24-30 as “Truckee International Wheelchair Tennis Week” in the Town of Truckee.

The location of the championship is the Tahoe Donner Tennis Club facility, through the forest, over the bridges to an expansive viewing deck and barbecue area maximizing the spectator enjoyment in front of the premiere courts. The event is free and open to the public. Gourmet lunches and drinks may be purchased daily.

The USTA NorCal is the presenting sponsor followed by several major contributors, supporters and services, including: NEC Electronics Inc., Roseville and Santa Clara; Hilton Hotels; International Game Technology (IGT); Sunrise Medical-Quickie by Design-Fresno; Area Transit Management; Gold Country Telecare; Tahoe Donner Association; Rotary Club of Truckee; Ralston School of Massage; Lions Club of Truckee; Vocational Rehab.-Blind Services; Donner Lake Village Resort; The Inn of Truckee; Best Western Truckee-Tahoe Inn; Optimist Club; HEAD/Penn Racquet Sports; Forest Glen Winery-Sonoma; Morrey Distributing Co.; Stohlgren Brothers; Port of Subs and Starbucks Coffee.

This local grassroots tournament is organized by the dedicated all-volunteer, community supported, non-profit Northern Nevada/Tahoe Wheelchair Tennis Association with the supportive assistance of the USTA, USTA NorCal, International Tennis Federation (ITF) and the Northern Nevada Tennis Association.

If you’d like to be a volunteer or need more information, please contact Bonni Sue Hickson, founder and director, at (530) 587-2108 or Greg Cosgrove, director of tennis, at (530) 587-9474.

Please come watch and support this world-class sporting event.

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