The USTA Montgomery’s inaugural wheelchair tennis tournament will be held November 6-7 at the Lagoon Park Tennis Center.
The event includes lots of tennis, tournament jerseys, lunches, a Saturday night player party, a BBQ and live music by “The Kept”.
“As far as I know, this is the first major USTA wheelchair tennis tournament in the capital,” said tournament director Jessica Weyreuter.
Wheelchair tennis players have their own professional circuit, the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, which has more than 160 tournaments in 40 different countries in all regions of the world, Weyreuter said.
The Tour offers over $ 3 million in cash prizes and concludes with the NEC Wheelchair Masters and UNIQLO Doubles Masters which end the season. “They play all four Grand Slam tournaments plus the Paralympics,” she added.
Montgomery’s mixed format features competition in three divisions, as well as play for those 18 and under. For more information about the tournament, visit General 1 – (dreamcourt.org).
The event is sponsored by Dream Court, founded by Weyreuter. Visit www.dreamcourt.org for more information on Dream Court.
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) offers four different categories of wheelchairs: A, B, C and D, as well as juniors. Each division has singles and doubles. “Wheelchair players play doubles as a team with each other. For recreation they can play in a wheelchair, but for tournaments they can still play in a wheelchair, ”Weyreuter said.
Dream Court has been offering wheelchair tennis practices since 2014. “We have offered wheelchair tennis coach training at USTA in the past, held a wheelchair tennis show with the Bryan Brothers’ father during a Blue Gray tournament and hosted a wheelchair tennis day this spring. , but this upcoming event is our first USTA wheelchair tennis tournament, ”she said.
Wheelchair tennis tournaments are played across the country. There are approximately 20 wheelchair tennis tournaments per year. Dream Court plans to make the Montgomery event an annual gathering.
“We look forward to a solid inaugural year and continue to grow from there,” Weyreuter said. “Participants can expect to play singles and doubles matches, the main draw and consolation. They will receive free coffee and lunches on Saturday and Sunday, as well as our epic player party with a barbeque from Druids and Mojo Hand, as well as live music from “The Kept”. We also prepare a surprise bag and a tournament jersey. “
People watching can have fun cheering on their favorites on the tennis court. “Right now we have players from five different states so we are encouraging the local community to come out and enjoy the fun weekend,” Weyreuter said. “Through these types of events, we actively seek to take the narrative from disabled to activated and highlight how participation in sport pushes people further and brings us all closer together. I hope new visitors to this tournament will also be introduced to Montgomery and its citizens. We invite the Montgomery community to consider signing up as volunteers to play ball or help with hospitality. “
Volunteer shifts are 8 a.m. to noon, noon to 4 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. To volunteer, visit General 1 – (dreamcourt.org).
Sponsors for the tournament include the law firm Vance, the Health Star Clinic, Dr and Mrs Mike Bridger, Dr Charlie Masters and Susu and Temple Millsap.