September 3, 2019 – Charlotte, NC – OPAF and USTA NC hosted a most successful Wheelchair Tennis Training and Clinic as part of the Winston Salem Open Tennis Tournament on the campus of Wake Forest University. Over 30 players and coaches joined us for training led by Taylor Wingate, currently ranked as the #1 WC tennis player in the nation in A Division. Taylor was assisted by local USTA staff to bring players and coaches on court, in a sport wheelchair and experience the game as well as gain valuable experience on court and teaching. USTA Southern representative, Cee Jai Jones joined us for the entire day and we were visited by Australian tour player John Millman who shared his experiences on court against Roger Federer and so much more.
“This was a great opportunity for wheelchair athletes and able bodied and providers”. Cee Jai Jones
“ Thank you for putting this on. The ability to watch my paralyzed father play tennis again is priceless” Bill Keown, Jr.
This is the fifth year in a row that OPAF and USTA NC have collaborated on Wheelchair Tennis at the Winston Salem Open and we see growth every year. Wheelchair Tennis was held on Military Appreciation Night at the Open and we were fortunate to have two former service members with us, Twila Adams and Chris Dominick.