Read some of the highlights from the outstanding season of wheelchair tennis in 2009. Here are our top 15:
The U.S. team at the 2009 Invacare World Team Cup.
1. The Wheelchair community loses a legend with the passing of Randy Snow.
2. Three-time Paralympic Gold Medalist Esther Vergeer continues her winning steak in singles – Now at 384.
3. US Open Wheelchair prize money leads all Grand Slams.
4. David Wagner wins the British Open.
5. USTA awards Wheelchair Program Grants to 21 communities across the United States that support wheelchair programming.
6. American Women’s World Team Cup Team surprises the international field with fifth place finish at the 25th annual wheelchair equivalent version of the Davis Cup. The U.S. team is led by up and coming athletes Dana Mathewson & Emmy Kaiser.
7. ITF and USTA Junior Camp held in Mission Viejo, California grows internationally.
8. Wheelchair Tennis Players – David Wagner, Nick Taylor & Esther Vergeer are showcased on NBC’s Today Show by correspondent Tiki Barber.
9. Wheelchair Tennis appears live during the US Open for the first time ever on ESPN2 and USopen.org.
10. Two-time Paralympic Doubles Champions David Wagner & Nick Taylor win the Camozzi Doubles Masters.
11. USTA unveils first ever Wheelchair DVD & Manual package to help grow the game.
12. American awarded IWTA Wheelchair Coach of the year for second year in a row. Jason Hartnett takes 2008 honors while Dan James won the honor in 2007.
13. Paralympic Doubles Champion Nick Taylor inducted into the Missouri Valley Hall of Fame.
14. US Open-Super Series returns and relocates to St. Louis, Missouri.
15. Dr. Bal Moore wins the Brad Parks Award.