Wheelchair tennis is, according to this article, huge in Europe. But the sport’s inventor is an American and in 2013 the Wheelchair Doubles Championships will be played in the U.S. for the first time.
Brad Parks is credited with founding the sport of wheelchair tennis 40 years ago, and will serve as the tournament committee chairman when the event is held Nov. 7-11 in Mission Viejo, CA.
In a recent post I lamented that the Hopman Cup likely wouldn’t be televised in the U.S., and today I’m going to make the same lament about this event. I haven’t personally had the opportunity to watch a lot of wheelchair tennis, but what I have been fortunate to see has been amazing and I think if more television exposure were provided for this sport it could really take off here in the U.S.
And it’s a sport anyone can play – regardless of physical ability/disability. In fact, I’ll bet there are a lot of able-bodied players out there who aren’t so quick on their feet anymore but who can still hit a solid ball who wouldn’t mind giving wheelchair tennis a try.
It’s good to have the event in the U.S., and maybe, just maybe it will generate interest here as it evidently has in Europe.