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Another Grand Slam - US Open Wheelchair Tennis Print E-mail
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written by Ryan M. Bright
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FLUSHING, NY – A "Grand Slam" refers to winning the four most important annual tennis events in a single-calendar year. The tournaments are the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open and run from mid-January through the summer. Before the 2014 US Open, a Grand Slam has achieved 17 times.

Shingo Kunieda (JPN; 1) and Gustavo Fernandez (ARG) hit the court as they went head-to-head for 1st place of the Men's Singles final.

 

The first set went to a tie at 6-6 with impeccable final play. The tie-breaker kept people on the edge of their seats as Kunieda racked up seven points and denied Fernandez any points for this tiebreaker. Kunieda won this set, 7-6.

Fernandez took the second set to a 2-0 lead, but Kunieda sealed the deal and took it home. Kunieda threw his serve up, hit it, and laid down an ace to get an advantage. He won this match, 7-6; 6-4.

Kunieda is the continued No. 1 player in the world, but was a runner up in this year’s Singles Wimbledon event and Doubles French Open and has never won a grand slam.

 

Yui Kamiji (JPN; 1) went against Aniek Van Koot (NED) in the final of Women's Singles. The first and second sets flew by as Kamiji controlled the game and won, 6-3; 6-3.

Having won the three other Grand Slam events in 2014, this US Open win makes her a Grand Slam champion and a continued No. 1 in the world.

The Quad Singles final saw Andy Lapthorne (GBR) against David Wagner (Chula Vista, CA), No. 1 player in the world.

 

Through the first set, Lapthorne made a steady path as Wagner held back. The ace that Lapthorne made on Wagner gave Lapthorne a solid leg up in the second set that carried through the end of the match. Unseeded Lapthorne caused an upset as he won 7-5; 6-2.

Athletes have time to reflect on their wins and losses before the next Grand Slam event, the Australian Open in January, 2015.

About the Author: Ryan M. Bright is a member of the Sports ‘n Spokes and Wheelchair Sports Federation media team reporting on events at 2014 US Open in Flushing, New York.  The all-volunteer media team consists of professional writers and photographers who are donating their time and expertise to showcase the athleticism of disabled U.S. athletes and highlight their world class achievements in wheelchair tennis.  Partnering with Sports ‘n Spokes, the Wheelchair Sports Federation is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for the disabled and wheelchair using adults and youth to play sports recreationally and competitively.  For more information, visit www.WheelchairSportsFederation.org.

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Photos by Michael A. Clubine
 
Photo 1 - Shingo Kunieda (JPN; 1) wins the match against Gustavo Fernandez (ARG) in the Men's Singles Final. 

Photo 2 - Gustavo Fernandez (ARG) competed against Shingo Kunieda (JPN; 1) in the Men's Singles Final. 

Photo 3 - Yui Kamiji (JPN; 1) won the final of Women's Singles against Aniek Van Koot (NED), 6-3; 6-3.

Photo 4 - Andy Lapthorne (GBR) won the Quad Singles Final against David Wagner (Chula Vista, CA), 7-5; 6-2.

 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 15:21
 
Doubles Dare to Win at the US Open Wheelchair Tennis Print E-mail
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Written by Ryan M. Bright
Photos by Michael A. Clubine and Carter Farmer

 

FLUSHING, NY – Chairs left the ground as players served and reached for stretched volleys at the US Open’s third day of wheelchair tennis for the Double Finals.

Shingo Kunieda (JPN)/Stephane Houdet (FRA) took on Gordon Reid (GBR)/Maikel Scheffers (NED) head-to-head in the Men's Doubles finals. Kunieda/Houdet started the first set with a 3-0 lead. Reid/Scheffers scored two games, but they could not hit secure a final point to win the set. Kunieda/Houdet won 6-2.

The second set of the match steared the other way, giving Reid/Scheffers a 4-0 lead. After Kunieda/Houdet scored 2 games, Reid/Scheffers wrapped it up 6-2.

It all came down to the third set, where each team scored enough points to tie up the match, which caused an elimination round to seven. Kunieda/Houdet shot an early lead at 4-0 and closed the deal at 7-4 to win the game and match. Kunieda/Houdet have added this US Open Men’s Doubles to their list of recent Grand Slam wins at the Australia Open and Wimbledon.

  

Yui Kamiji (JPN) /Jordanne Whiley (GBR) faced Jiske Griffioen (NED)/Aniek Van Koot (NED) in the Women’s Doubles finals. Griffioen/Van Koot had defeated Kamiji/Whiley in the past, and started strong, only giving into a tie at 4-4. After the tie, however, Kamiji/Whiley ran away with the set 6-4.

Griffioen/Van Koot won the second set 6-3. The match was interrupted by rain, and about an hour later Kamiji/Whiley took hold of the third set, winning it 6-3. This was their fourth Women's Doubles Grand Slam event.

 

David Wagner (Chula Vista, CA)/Nicholas Taylor (Wichita, KS) won Quad Doubles over Lucas Sithole (RSA)/Andy Lapthorne (GBR); 6-­3; 7­-5.

Wheelchiar tennis games at the 2014 US Open conclude on Sunday, September 7. The schedule of play is Yui Kamiji vs. Aniek Van Koot for Women's Singles and then for Men's Singles, Shingo Kunieda vs. Gustavo Fernandez.

About the Author: Ryan M. Bright is a member of the Sports ‘n Spokes and Wheelchair Sports Federation media team reporting on events at 2014 US Open in Flushing, New York.  The all-volunteer media team consists of professional writers and photographers who are donating their time and expertise to showcase the athleticism of disabled U.S. athletes and highlight their world class achievements in wheelchair tennis.  Partnering with Sports ‘n Spokes, the Wheelchair Sports Federation is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for the disabled and wheelchair using adults and youth to play sports recreationally and competitively.  For more information, visit www.WheelchairSportsFederation.org.
 
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Gordon Reid:
Photos by Carter Farmer
Gordon Reid (GBR) competes at the 2014 US Open in Wheelchair Men's Doubles - Finals.
 
Jordanne Whiley and Yui Kamiji:
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Jordanne Whiley (GBR) and Yui Kamiji (JPN) win the Wheelchair Women's Doubles at the 2014 US Open
 
Nicholas Taylor and David Wagner:
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Nicholas Taylor (USA) and David Wagner (USA) win the Wheelchair Quad Doubles - Final at the 2014 US Open.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 07 September 2014 18:50
 
Semifinals: Win or Bust at US Open Wheelchair Tennis Print E-mail
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Written by Ryan M. Bright
Photos by Michael A. Clubine

 FLUSHING, NY – Dreams of winning have continued through the second day of wheelchair tennis competition at the US Open as semi-finals were won and lost. Yui Kamiji (JPN; 1) went up against Jiske Griffioen (NED) today in a long game with Griffioen swinging hard on her serves and taking the first set 6-3. She knew what she wanted to do and she was out to take the world. She laid down three aces to Kamiji's zero, but Kamiji stayed strong to win the last two sets and the match 6-2; 6-3. The win in this match sends Yui Kamiji into the Women's Singles Finals.

The other Women's Singles Semifinal had Marjolein Buis (NED) going up against Aniek Van Koot (NED; 2). Van Koot won this match 6-1; 6-3. The Men's Singles Semifinal had Gustavo Fernandez (ARG) and Stephane Houdet (FRA; 2) dueling for a win. Fernandez served his way to winning the match with a score of 7(7)-6(1); 6-1. This upset knocked off No. 2 from the finals, granting Gustavo Fernandez the chance to win the trophy.

The other No. 1, Shingo Kunieda (JPN; 1) went up against Nicolas Peifer (FRA) for the other Men's Singles Semifinal. With Peifer’s large stature, he looks to be the dominant player, but Kunieda presented his calmness and strength, winning the match 7­5; 7(7)­6(5).

An upset occurred in the Quad Singles where Andy Lapthorne (GBR), an unseeded competitor, removed Lucas Sithole (RSA) from his No. 1 spot. Lapthorne's outrageous laughs when scoring a point set the tone and he won the match with scores 6-2; 6-3.

The opposing Quad match had David Wagner (Chula Vista, CA, USA) facing Nick Taylor (Wichita, KS, USA) and it was a surprising one-sided match in favor of Wagner. Although Taylor is a former US Open Doubles champion and has won three Paralympic Games, his tennis skills did not show in this match. Wagner pulled this win to a 6-0; 6-0.

 

Doubles started today at the US Open. Ellerbrock/Montjane withdrew from the Women’s Doubles match with Kamiji/Whiley, making Kamiji/Whiley the winner of the semifinals. Griffioen/Van Koot won against Buis/Walraven (NED) 6-0; 6-3. Houdet/Kunieda faced off against Fernandez/Gerard in the Men's Doubles. The No. 1 and 2 squad (Houdet/Kunieda) beat Fernandez/Gerard 6-1; 6-2.

 

Day 13 of the US Open, and day three of the wheelchair tennis games, begins tomorrow at 11:00 am on Court 5 - Lucas Sithole vs. Nick Taylor; on Court 7 - Andy Lapthorne vs. David Wagner, Yui Kamiji/Jordanne Whiley (1) vs. Jiske Griffioen/Aniek Van Koot, Stephane Houdet/Shingo Kunieda (1) vs. Gordon Reid/Maikel Scheffers (2); on Court 11 - Nicholas Taylor/David Wagner vs. Andy Lapthorne.


About the Author: Ryan M. Bright is a member of the Sports ‘n Spokes and Wheelchair Sports Federation media team reporting on events at 2014 US Open in Flushing, New York.  The all-volunteer media team consists of professional writers and photographers who are donating their time and expertise to showcase the athleticism of disabled U.S. athletes and highlight their world class achievements in wheelchair tennis.  Partnering with Sports ‘n Spokes, the Wheelchair Sports Federation is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for the disabled and wheelchair using adults and youth to play sports recreationally and competitively.  For more information, visit www.WheelchairSportsFederation.org.

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Photos by Michael A. Clubine
Last Updated on Saturday, 06 September 2014 18:19
 
Many Come, One Wins Print E-mail
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Written by Ryan M. Bright

Photos by Michael A. Clubine

FLUSHING, NY – Many US Open athletes compete at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, New York, with the thought that they could win, but only half have earned the right to keep playing for the trophy. The Wheelchair Quad's Singles Semifinals jumped into a wave of emotion with Lucas Sithole (RSA) vs. David Wagner (Chula Vista, CA). It began with Wagner taking a 3­0 lead, but when it seemed like Sithole was out, he bounced back 4­3. Sithole won the set and match 7­5; 2­6; 6­3.


Women's Singles Quaterfinalists, Jiske Griffoen (NED) vs. Sabine Ellerbrock (GER), is a repeat match from the 2013 US Open finals where Griffoen won it all. Now, Ellerbrock has returned to beat Griffoen. Ellerbrock took the majority of the sets to 40 points, but couldn't bring it through to a game per both of the sets. Jiske Griffoen won the match 6­1; 6­1.


A mid­day game had Yui Kamiji (JPN; 1) vs. Sharon Walraven (NED) battling head­to­head in this Women's Singles Quaterfinal. It was a battle of age with Walraven in her 40's and Kamiji in her 20's. In the end, Kamiji took the world by storm, leaving Walraven in the dark. Kamiji pounded out a 6­1; 6­3 win.



The last match of the night was Shingo Kunieda (JPN; 1) vs. Michael Jeremiasz (FRA). Much like Jiske vs. Sabine, this match had many points that were 40­40 with quite a few advantages. However, Jeremiasz hit some balls into the net and Kunieda stayed strong, bringing this Men's Singles Quaterfinals to a Kunieda win, 6­1; 6­1. This pushes along the No. 1 contender to next level.


Other Men's Singles Quaterfinal wins of the day included Nicolas Peifer (FRA) triumphant over Maikel Scheffer (NED) at 2­6; 6­1; 6­1; Joachim Gerard (BEL) victorious over Stephane Houdet (FRA; 2) at 6­3; 6(5)­7(7); 5­7 pushing out No. 2 from semifinal contention; Gustavo Fernandez (ARG) prevailing over Gordon Reid (GBR) at 6­4; 3­6; 6­3.


Other Women's Singles Quaterfinals scores of the day included Aniek Van Koot (NED; 2) winning over Kgothatso Montjane (RSA) at 6­2; 6­0; and Marjolein Buis (NED) winning over Jordanne Whiley at 6­1; 6­4.



The other Quad Semifinal match had Andy Lapthorne (GBR) winning over Nick Taylor (Wichita, KS), 6­4; 6­3.


The Wheelchair Quad Singles take place Friday, September 5, with Lucas Sithole vs. Andy Lapthorne on Court 5, which will possibly further Sithole's chance to go to the finals. Also, David Wagner vs. Nicholas Taylor will be on Court 4. On the same courts,Women's Singles Semifinals will have Yui Kamiji vs. Jiske Griffoen and Marjolein Buis vs. Aniek Van Koot, respectively. Again, on the same courts, there will be Shingo Kunieda vs. Nicolas Peifer and Gustavo Fernandez vs. Stephane Houdet.


On Court 5, there will be Women's Doubles Semifinals with Kamiji/Whiley vs. Ellerbrock/Montjane and a Men's Doubles Semifinals with Houdet/Kunieda vs. Fernandez/Gerard. On Court 4, there will a similar listing of events where there will be Women's Buis/Walraven vs. Griffoen/Van Koot and Men's Jeremiasz/Peifer vs. Reid/Scheffers.


About the Author: Ryan M. Bright is a member of the Sports ‘n Spokes and Wheelchair Sports Federation media team reporting on events at 2014 US Open in Flushing, New York.  The all-volunteer media team consists of professional writers and photographers who are donating their time and expertise to showcase the athleticism of disabled U.S. athletes and highlight their world class achievements in wheelchair tennis.  Partnering with Sports ‘n Spokes, the Wheelchair Sports Federation is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for the disabled and wheelchair using adults and youth to play sports recreationally and competitively.  For more information, visit www.WheelchairSportsFederation.org.

 PHOTO CAPTIONS: Photos by Michael A. Clubine 

1st Picture - Lucas Sithole (RSA) competes at the 2014 US Open in Wheelchair Quad Singles: Round 1

 2nd Picture - Jiske Griffioen (NED) competes at the 2014 US Open in Wheelchair Women's Singles: Round 1

 3rd Picture - Nick Taylor (USA) competes at the 2014 US Open in Wheelchair Quad Singles: Round 1

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 September 2014 17:54
 
Twenty of the World's Greatest Wheelchair Tennis Players Gather at U.S. Open Print E-mail
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Written by Ryan M. Bright

Photos by Michael A. Clubine


 

FLUSHING, NY – Today was a "grand slam" of a day in the world of tennis as the U.S. Open for Wheelchair Tennis began in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, New York City. This is its eighth year at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and people from all over the globe came to watch their international wheelchaired heros and heroins be seeded today.


The intensity will be great with 11 men and 9 women competing this year.  Men's singles include Shingo Kunieda (Japan; 1) vs. Michael Jeremiasz (France), Nicolas Peifer (France) vs. Maikel Scheffers (Netherlands), Gustavo Fernandez (Argentina) vs. Gordon Reid (Great Britain), and Joachim Gerard (Belgium) vs. Stephane Houdet (France; 2).


Women's singles include Yui Kamiji (Japan; 1) vs Sharon Walvaren (Netherlands), Jiske Griffoen (Netherlands) vs. Sabine Ellerbrock (Germany), Marjoin Buis (Netherlands) vs. Jordanne Whiley (Great Britain), Kgothatso Montjane (Russia) vs. Aniek Van Koot (Netherlands; 2).

 
 

Men's doubles will be Stephane Houdet/Shingo Kunieda (1) vs Gustavo Fernandez/Joachim Gerard and Michael Jeremiasz/Nicolas Peifer vs. Gordon Reid/Maikel Scheffers (2).


Women's doubles are Yui Kamiji/Jordanne Whiley (1) vs. Sabine Ellerbrock/Kgothatso Montjane and Marjoin Buis/Sharon Walvaren vs.  Jiske Griffoen/Aniek Van Koot (2).


Quad singles are Nick Taylor (Wichita, KS) vs David Wagner (Chula Vista, CA) and Andrew Lapthorne (Great Britain) vs Lucas Sithole (South Africa). Quad doubles are Nicholas Taylor/David Wagner vs. Andrew Lapthorne/Lucas Sithole.


The draw had an under-20 USTA member, Nate Melnyk (Centerport, NY), pull the names. After the draw for the 2014 US Open Wheelchair Division, players, such as Joachim Gerard, helped youth from the crowd try out wheelchair tennis for themselves.
 
 
 

The games begin Thursday, September 4, at 11:00 am on Court 11 with quad singles Lucas Sithole vs David Wagner. Quaterfinals continue on the same court with women's singles Yui Kamiji (1) vs. Sharon Walraven, men's singles Joachim Gerard vs. Stephane Houdet (2), women's singles Kgothatso Montjane vs. Aniek Van Koot (2), and men's singles Nicolas Peifer vs. Maikel Scheffer.


Also at 11:00 am, Court 13 will hold quad singles Andrew Lapthorne vs Nicholas Taylor, followed by women's singles quaterfinals with Jiske Griffoen vs Sabine Ellerbrock, men's singles with Gustavo Fernandez vs. Gordon Reid, and women's singles Marjolein Buis vs. Jordanne Whiley.


Defending singles titles are Stephane Houdet (men), Lucas Sithole (quad), and Aniek Van Koot (women) against Shingo Kunieda (men) and Yui Kamiji (women), who are both ranked No. 1 Player of the world.


About the Author: Ryan M. Bright is a member of the Sports ‘n Spokes and Wheelchair Sports Federation media team reporting on events at 2014 US Open in Flushing, New York.  The all-volunteer media team consists of professional writers and photographers who are donating their time and expertise to showcase the athleticism of disabled U.S. athletes and highlight their world class achievements in wheelchair tennis.  Partnering with Sports ‘n Spokes, the Wheelchair Sports Federation is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for the disabled and wheelchair using adults and youth to play sports recreationally and competitively.  For more information, visit www.WheelchairSportsFederation.org.

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Lineup:
Players unite at the draw for matches during the US Open.  Pictured are (left to right) David Wagner, Andy Lapthorne, Sharon Walraven, Yui Kamiji, Jordanne Whiley, Sabine Ellerbrock, Michael Jeremiasz, Joachim Gerard, Nick Taylor, and Nate Melnyk.
 
Draw:
US Open Refferee, Brian Earley, announces as under-20 USTA member, Nate Melnyk, draws names for the US Open wheelchair tennis games.

Joachim Gerard:
After the draw for the 2014 US Open Wheelchair Division, players, such as Joachim Gerard, helped youth from the crowd try out wheelchair tennis for themselves.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 04 September 2014 13:25
 
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