Thirty eight superhumans, including three from the United States, are traveling to Mission Viejo this week to compete in the Wheelchair Tennis Masters at the Marguerite Tennis Pavilion. Mission Viejo will be the first U.S. city to host the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Wheelchair Masters. November 5th through the 11th, the world’s top 20 singles players and 18 doubles teams will compete for Masters Titles in Men’s, Women’s and Quads divisions.
Germany’s Sabine Ellerbrock, is coming to Mission Viejo to defend her #1 world ranking. An additional top woman superhuman includes Netherland’s Jiske Griffioen, a nine-time Grand Slam doubles champion, three-time Paralympic medalist and a five-time Masters doubles champion. Also, Japan’s Yui Kamiji, formerly the no. 1 ranked wheelchair tennis junior and first year pro will be competing. Yui has made her mark by winning five singles tournaments including the 2013 US Open USTA Wheelchair Championships. One more Japanese all-star competing, is the world’s top-ranked wheelchair tennis player Shingo Kunieda-2013 Australian Open Grand Slam Singles winner. Kunieda will be coming to Mission Viejo to defend his no. 1 ranking in the men’s single; he is also ranked #2 in the men’s doubles and has been awarded the International Tennis Federation’s wheelchair male world champion for three consecutive years starting in 2007.
The action packed schedule, has Superhumans competing night and day. Day sessions are from 10AM to 2PM, with night sessions taking place from 6PM to 10PM. The public is encouraged to cheer on these talented and inspirational players from around the globe as history is made in South Orange County. Ayres Suites Mission Viejo is a proud sponsor of the event and is the City of Mission Viejo’s official “Host Hotel” for the Wheelchair Masters.
Holding the tournament in Mission Viejo makes perfect sense since the city has long hosted a wheelchair tennis camp for youth, at the Marguerite Tennis Pavilion. The camp is truly one of a kind and hosts youth athletes from North, South, and Central America. “These youth participants are quite inspiring and our community pulls together to donate time and services so that each child has an opportunity to experience this unique camp,” said Community Services Supervisor Brian Gruner.
To purchase tickets for the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters and the ITF Wheelchair Double Masters visit www.itfwheelchairmasters.com.