Southern Players Win Several Wheelchair Divisions

September 24, 2007 10:53 AM
Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) hosted its annual PTR/ROHO $17,500 Wheelchair Tennis Championships last weekend at Van der Meer Shipyard Racquet Club on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. This year saw the largest number of participants ever with 130 players from 15 countries.

USTA Southern players took home quite a few titles. David Williams, from Sugar Hill, Georgia won the Men’s A Singles title. Williams joined Donald Shapiro of Augusta for the Men’s A Doubles, which the duo won by defeating fellow Georgian, Harlon Matthews of McDonough and Floridian John Johnston. Matthews did win the Men’s A Singles Consolation. Jeremy Kemp of Antioch, Tennessee, captured the Men’s B Singles Consolation. Rory Archer, of Rock Hill, South Carolina won Men’s C Doubles.

On the women’s side, Kelly Espinoza of Nashville, Tennessee won B Singles and made it to the final round of A Singles. James Ezell, of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, won Quad A Singles and Doubles with partner Bruce Fairbanks of Dalton, Georgia.

Harlon Matthews was on the winning Open/A Doubles Masters team. Georgians Mark LaRontonda, of Alpharetta, and Harold Young, of McDonough, captured the Masters.