BC's Top Wheelchair Tennis Athletes Set To Compete At The Rogers AT&T Open at Stanley Park

July 21, 2003 - Several of Canada's top wheelchair tennis athletes will compete at the Rogers AT&T Open at Stanley Park July 25-27, 2003, the final weekend of this prestigious two-week event.

The wheelchair division of the Rogers AT&T Open at Stanley Park is a part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, organized by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). The NEC Corporation has been the title sponsor of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour since 1992 and has an ongoing commitment to working within the community.

Eighteen players from Canada, the US, and Japan will compete in the wheelchair divisions which include a Men's Open Division where players compete for ITF ranking points, and a "B" Division. There will be both singles and doubles play.

National team members, Phil Rowe and Paul Johnson from BC, and Yan Mathieu of Quebec will be compete in the event. Rowe is ranked number two in Canada. He won the first stop of the 2003 Scotiabank Canadian Circuit at the Windsor Classic Indoor Games and is ranked number 67 in ITF World Rankings. Johnson, from Victoria, is a nine-time National Champion, ranked number three in Canada and number 82 in ITF rankings.

The primary goal of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour is to provide opportunities for thousands of people with physical disabilities to compete in high-level, professional events. In 2003, the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour comprises 104 events in 32 countries around the world, managed by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) office in London.

The Rogers AT&T Open at Stanley Park is also part of the Scotiabank Canadian Wheelchair Tennis Circuit that features six wheelchair tennis tournaments in Canada. This circuit provides Canada's top players and rising stars with the opportunity to gain valuable international competitive experience and ITF ranking points. The BC Open, July 18-20 at Sportstown in Richmond, is the previous stop to the Stanley Park event.

BCWSA is a non-profit organization committed to leadership in the promotion and development of wheelchair sport opportunities for British Columbians with physical disabilities.

For more information contact

Lia Macfarlane,
Acting Director of Sport Development,
BC Wheelchair Sports Association,
604.737.3195
lia@bcwheelchairsports.com

PRESS RELEASE - Rogers AT&T Open at Stanley Park

A part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, organized by the ITF.

NAME OF EVENT: Rogers AT&T Open at Stanley Park
DATES: July 25-27, 2003
TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR: Lia Macfarlane
TELEPHONE NUMBER: 604.737.3195 (office) 604.202.1322 (cell)
EMAIL ADDRESS: lia@bcwheelchairsports.com

NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour

  • The primary goal of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour is to provide opportunities for thousands of people with physical disabilities to compete in events organized with the highest level of organization and professionalism.
  • In 2003 the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour will comprise of 104 events in 32 countries around the world, managed by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) office in London.
  • The game of wheelchair tennis follows the same rules as the able-bodied tennis as endorsed by the ITF, except that the wheelchair tennis player is allowed two bounces of the ball.

International Ranking and Prize Money

  • The NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour ranking system is based on that used in professional able-bodied tennis.
  • All Main and Second Draw competitors playing in at least two events who have earned ranking points from these events will appear on the ranking.
  • The No.1 ranked men and women's players at the year's end are honored as the ITF Wheelchair Tennis World Champions.
  • In 2003 the total prize money on the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour will exceed US$ 600,000.

NEC

  • The NEC Corporation has been the title sponsor of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour since 1992.
  • NEC has an ongoing commitment to working within the community. NEC initiates and is involved in many social contribution activities.