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Run/Roll Wheelchair Tennis Exhibition at USTA South Carolina Annual Meeting

Run/Roll Exhibition
Isle of Palms, SC - - Wild Dunes Tennis Center recently hosted a Run/Roll Wheelchair Tennis Exhibition to kickoff the USTA South Carolina Annual Meeting held at Wild Dunes Resort on the Isle of Palms, South Carolina.
 
The Run/Roll format partners a wheelchair player (Roll) with an able-bodied partner (Run).   The All Star cast of players included nationally ranked #9 (Men’s A), Harlon Matthews from McDonough, Georgia, and Columbia South Carolina’s Jim Hinson, who was inducted into the USTA SC Hall of Fame over the weekend.  Matthews and Hinson took on Bob Masella, also from Columbia, and Wild Dunes Tennis Director Charly Rasheed.  Rasheed was named SC Player of the Year in 2011, and Masella, nationally ranked as high as #5, was a pioneer for wheelchair players by joining USTA League Tennis.  He has been playing USTA League Tennis for more than 10 years, has gone to sectionals, and was voted League Captain of the Year. 
 
The SC Wheelchair Tennis Committee arranged the exhibition to help promote the integration of wheelchair players into general play.  After the Exhibition, Masella and Matthews played in the Round Robin with 16 other SCTA attendees getting a chance to play against or with each. 
 
Wheelchair tennis is played with the same rules, with only one exception.  The wheelchair player may take two bounces before hitting the ball.   The first bounce must be inside the court lines, but the second bounce does not.   
 
"This makes for some very exciting play," said Julie Jilly, SCTA Wheelchair Committee member and event emcee.  "These chair players are masters of the angle.   And those angles, along with the extra bounce, make for some very amazing points!" 
 
Harlon Matthews is a Certified Tennis Professional and a PTR Clinician, who travels the country teaching tennis pros how to teach Wheelchair Tennis.  Harlon will be conducting an Instructing Wheelchair Tennis Workshop on Hilton Head Island, May 1, and again on September 15.
 
To find out more about how to become certified to teach wheelchair tennis or to host and exhibition or workshop, contact Julie Jilly at PTR at 800-421-6289.
 

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