A person who uses a wheelchair, plays tennis.



PHOENIX, Ariz. (Nov. 2, 2017): Applications are being accepted from wheelchair and ambulatory tennis players of every age and every competitive level to participate in the 2017 Desert Tennis Open, organized by Arizona Wheelchair Tennis (AZWCT) and presented by Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center, Friday through Sunday, Nov. 17-19. All Open, A,B and C matches as well as those with National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) ratings will be played at the Phoenix Tennis Center, 6330 N. 21st Ave. in Phoenix. “The tournament is set up for players at every level, whether they want to learn to play and be able to compete right away or for those who are already highly competitive in the sport,” said Tournament Director and AZWCT Founder Seth Haynie, a certified wheelchair tennis coach. Matches will be played in singles, doubles and run/roll with teams made up of both wheelchair and ambulatory players. Participants must have a United States Tennis Association (USTA) membership that can be completed at www.usta.com. Members can then apply for the 2017 Desert Tennis Open on the USTA TennisLink website at http://tennislink.usta.com. Registration fees are $84.99 for one event and $85.50 for two events. Additional fees may apply for registering for three or more events. Spectators and fans are admitted free. Sponsorship opportunities begin at $250. Tournament play begins at noon on Friday, Nov. 17 and 8 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18 and Sunday, Nov. 19. For more information, visit: www.ability360.org/sports, call Jay Dashefsky at (602) 391-5200 or email higtennis@gmail.com.

Jay Dashefsky, (602) 391-5200
Loren Worthington, Ability360, (602) 386-4278, lorenw@ability360.org
Steve Carr, The Kur Carr Group, Inc., (602) 317-3040, scarr51@gmail.com

ABOUT ABILITY360: Ability360, formerly Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL), continues a 35-year tradition of empowering programs for people with all disabilities. Ability360 offers and promotes programs to empower people with disabilities to take personal responsibility so that they may achieve or continue independent lifestyles within the community. The independent living philosophy states that people with disabilities should have the same civil rights, options, and control over choices in their own lives as do people without disabilities.

Ability360 is located at 5025 E. Washington St. Ste. 200, Phoenix, AZ 85034, www.ability360.org, 602-256-2245.

ABOUT THE ABILITY360 SPORTS & FITNESS CENTER: The Ability360 Sports and Fitness Center is a 45,000-square foot, state-of-the-art facility located in Phoenix, Arizona. Owned and operated by Ability360, the Sports & Fitness Center offers a wide variety of amenities to help you achieve your health and fitness goals including a fitness center with wheelchair accessible weight machines, an aquatic area equipped with lifts and elevators, accessible locker rooms, and more.