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Rock n Roll Wheelchair Tournament

Brandon City Park recently hosted Mississippi’s only USTA Sanctioned Wheelchair Tournament, as the “Rock n Roll Wheelchair Tournament” took place May 13-15.  Robbie Sullivan, the chairman of Wheelchair Tennis for the Mississippi Tennis Association, helped put on the event with Tournament Director Emillia Viljoen and Brandon teaching pro David Kimball, who helps with wheelchair tennis clinics.

25 players entered the event, with players from 8 different states represented.  The event is broken down into 4 separate coed divisions, all based on the level of the player.  It’s estimated that Mississippi has in the neighborhood of 15 active wheelchair players competing in tournaments.

Sullivan, who heads up setting up the event and securing sponsors, has been playing wheelchair tennis for over 20 years and loves the opportunity that the sport provides.

“Wheelchair tennis is great, I had never picked up a racquet until my accident, and I didn’t even know about the sport until I ran into Johnny McGinn at a movie theatre in 1999 and he convinced me to start playing,” said Sullivan.

“A lot of people don’t know about wheelchair tennis, so it’s great that we’re able to have this event and to get as much visibility and coverage from it as possible,” said Sullivan.  “The more exposure the event gets, the more people realize that the opportunity is out there and that they can get involved in the sport.  It’s also great for our players to have a USTA Level 4 Wheelchair Tournament, the competition gives them something to look forward to and to shoot for.”

 

The event continues to be a great success, and many sponsors are to thank for making it one of the best Wheelchair Tournaments in the South.  Listed below are all the sponsors that make the tournament happen:

Metro Area Community Empowerment (MACE)

Institute for Disabilities Studies at USM (IDF)

Johnny & Friends

ACE Medical

Cindy & Tex Morris

Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities

J’s Mobility

Mississippi Department of Rehabilitative Services

Jersey Mike’s

Penn’s Fish House

Head/Penn

Brandon Parks & Recreation

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