World’s Top Wheelchair Tennis Players to Compete on Hilton Head Island

July 10, 2006 11:56 AM

Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) and ROHO, Inc., will co-sponsor the ROHO/PTR $17,500 Wheelchair Tennis Championships. Tournament play begins Wednesday, September 20 and continues through Sunday, September 24 with men’s, women’s and quad divisions. Matches will be held at the Van der Meer Tennis Center, Shipyard Racquet Club and Chaplin Park on Hilton Head Island. Some of the top wheelchair players in the world, as well as novice and junior players, will compete in this event, which is part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour and sanctioned by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

A Welcome Reception and Opening Ceremony sponsored by Quickie, will be held at Shipyard Racquet Club on at 6 p.m. Thursday, September 21, with an exhibition match to follow. The one-up-one-down exhibition is a doubles tennis match with a wheelchair player and an able-bodied player on each team. Spectators are welcome and encouraged to enjoy the Opening Ceremony, exciting exhibition on Thursday, as well as all the tournament matches. Come out to see why tennis is the fastest growing of all wheelchair sports.

Volunteers are needed to help serve lunches and “ball persons” of all ages are needed. Volunteer for an afternoon or for the entire tournament. To volunteer, or for more information, please call Julie Jilly at 785-7244 or email

To cap off the weekend, PTR is offering a five hour course for tennis instructors to learn to teach tennis to wheelchair players. The workshop will be held on Sunday, September 24, from 9am – 2pm. Thee cost is $50 and pre-registration is required. Interested parties should contact PTR Headquarters at 800-421-6289.

PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals with more than 12,000 members in 123 countries. It has the greatest percentage of multicultural and women members of any such organization. PTR is dedicated to educating, certifying and servicing tennis teachers and coaches around the world in order to grow the game.