Free wheelchair tennis exhibition Jan. 16 at Mesa R.V. resort

A wheelchair tennis exhibition featuring singles, doubles, match play and the chance to try out a tennis wheelchair is scheduled at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16 at the Towerpoint RV Resort Tennis Courts, 4860 E. Main St. in Mesa.

Wheelchair tennis

Presented by Ability360 and Arizona Wheelchair Tennis, local and international players will put on the free demonstration.

“Wheelchair tennis is growing dramatically among adaptive sports and this is a chance to experience first-hand what it’s like,” said Seth Haynie, Ability360 wheelchair tennis coach and director of education for Arizona Wheelchair Tennis.

Wimbledon will add men’s and women’s singles wheelchair tennis for the first time at the 2016 tournament, June 27 through July 10 at the All England Club.

Men’s wheelchair doubles was first played at Wimbledon in 2005 with the women’s event added in 2009.

The Australian Open was the first Grand Slam to introduce wheelchair tennis in 2002 followed by Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 2005 and the French Open at Roland Garros Stadium in 2007.

Wimbledon is the only grass-court tournament on the Uniqlo Wheelchair Tennis Tour, which includes more than 160 tournaments in more than 40 countries.  Prize money for the tour is about $1.5 million.

According to Wimbledon.com, wheelchair tennis was first made a Paralympic sport at the 1992 Barcelona Games after being a demonstration sport in Seoul in 1988.

For more information about Arizona Wheelchair Tennis, visit www.facebook.com/ArizonaWheelchairTennis/.

For more information about Ability360 sports events, visit www.Ability360.org. Ability360 is located at 5025 E. Washington St., Ste. 200, Phoenix. Visit  www.ability360.org or call 602-256-2245.

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