What: 6th Annual Jana Hunsaker Wheelchair Tennis Tournament
When: June 8-11, 2006
Where:: USTA National Tennis Center
The world's top wheelchair tennis players will travel to the USTA National Tennis Center for the 6th Annual Jana Hunsaker Memorial Wheelchair Tennis Tournament. This United States Tennis Association/International Tennis Federation sanctioned event is part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tournament.
Jana Hunsaker, who passed away in 2000, was a tennis instructor at the USTA National Tennis Center. She was an advocate for wheelchair tennis and instrumental in starting a wheelchair tennis program at the National Tennis Center. Wheelchair tennis follows the same rules as able-bodied tennis except that the wheelchair player is allowed two bounces of the ball instead of one. The tournament is hosted by the United Spinal Association, an organization that expands opportunities for veterans and all paralyzed Americans.
For Immediate Release: Wednesday, May 31, 2006
6th Annual Jana Hunsaker Tennis Tourney
WHAT: The 6th Annual Jana Hunsaker Memorial Wheelchair Tennis Tournament sponsored by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) in conjunction with the United Spinal Association, the International Tennis Federation (ITF), and the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour. The tournament will have men's, women's, quadriplegics,' juniors,' and masters' divisions, a total of $7,500 in prize money will be awarded.
WHEN & WHERE: The tournament will take place at the United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, Corona Park in Queens, New York, from Thursday, June 8 through Sunday, June 11, 2006.
WHO: Over fifty athletes are expected to compete in the four-day tournament from the Eastern United States, Canada and Europe along with some of United Spinal Association's premiere tennis athletes.
CONTACT INFORMATION: Jennifer M. Rodriguez; work: (718) 803-3782, ext. 282; cell: (917) 734-6032
ABOUT WHEELCHAIR TENNIS: Jana Hunsaker, who passed away in 2000, was a tennis instructor at the USTA National Tennis Center. She was a major advocate for wheelchair tennis and was instrumental in launching a wheelchair program at the center.
In wheelchair tennis, rules and regulations are basically the same as in traditional tennis, except that the wheelchair player is allowed two bounces of the ball. The sport allows individuals with disabilities the opportunity to play tennis with their family and friends regardless if they have a disability or not. Proficient wheelchair users are capable of playing and actively competing against standup players.