Missouri Valley / Kansas

Wheelchair Tennis Lessons Back This Summer in Wichita

Jerod Fox | June 01, 2021



Continuing on a nearly 20-year tradition, Wichita will offer wheelchair tennis programming this summer thanks to the efforts of the Wichita Adaptive Sports and the Wichita State University tennis program.



 Nick Taylor, Justin DeSanto and other WSU players/staff will help run the programs, which are open to players of all ages and tennis skill levels.



“We want to create as many opportunities as we can for disabled individuals in the area,” Taylor said. “I don’t set goals for quantity. Never have and never will.”



Taylor recalls a story of setting up for these programs years ago, and only one player showed up. They continued with the program anyway, and that player turned out to be Casey Ratzlaff, who is currently the top-ranked American in the Wheelchair Tennis Tour Rankings.



“If we can make ten lives better, that’s tremendous,” Taylor said. “If we can only make one of their lives better, I still consider it a success.”



The programs will begin June 16 at 6:30 p.m. and run through August. No registration is required. For more information regarding the upcoming wheelchair programming, visit the Wichita Adaptive Sports website.


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