Wheelchair tennis is growing rapidly at the University of Arizona as players from all over the world are drawn by the year-round play and the variety of athletic and academic opportunities. The program has a long history of producing top level athletes including numerous national champions, national team members and Paralympians. The University program currently includes several professional players who tour the world playing tournaments. The team is currently open to University student athletes.
The team meets on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30 at University courts while school is in session. Players also often meet for independent practice and challenge matches or for individual coaching sessions throughout the week. Athletes weight-train three days a week in the DRC Adaptive Gym or at the Student Rec Center. The team attends three tournaments per semester, including the Southwest Dessert Classic in Tucson every February
Tennis chairs, just as in basketball have come a long way since their first introduction into the sport. Today modern tennis chairs are made of lightwieght yet highly durable materials. There are multiple disgins (mainly having one wheel in the back or two) from multiple companies.
Tennis chairs as you can notice have a unique design feature, they do not have a bumper on the front like their basketball and rugby counterparts. This is due to Tennis players really never coming into contact with one another.
For more information, contact:
Bryan Barten, Coach
1224 E. Lowell St.
Tucson, AZ 85721