UroMed Sponsors 2012 Wheelchair Tennis Championships Hosted by PTR

As the 2012 Wheelchair Tennis Championships kicked off in Hilton Head, SC this year, UroMed was on hand to support the athletes and to assist as a sponsor of the annual event. Now in it’s 25th year, this tennis classic is put on by the Professional Tennis Registry and is a highlight of the wheelchair tennis circuit.

In addition to the matches, the event included an Awards Banquet, Player Lunches, a Tiki Hut Beach Party, Run/Roll Event, and a Player Drill Clinic.

Lisa Wells from UroMed chatted with the athletes about their tournament experience and ways UroMed supports the wheelchair sports community.

Lisa Wells from UroMed chatted with the athletes about their tournament experience and ways UroMed supports the wheelchair sports community.

The best of the best from across the country and around the world came out to attend this year’s championships with athletes arriving from destinations including Canada, England, Germany, India, South Africa and France. Entry to this tournament was open to all USTA members.

The following results were reported by the local Hilton Head newspaper, Island Packet.  Source: http://www.islandpacket.com/2012/09/30/1811656/hilton-head-high-keeps-its-top.html

Quad Doubles partners David Buck of Marietta, GA and Harry Prabhu Boniface of Bangalore, India prepare for their match.

Quad Doubles partners David Buck of Marietta, GA and Harry Prabhu Boniface of Bangalore, India prepare for their match.

Everything played out according to seeding in the top divisions of the USTA Fall Southern Pro Tennis Registry $17,500 Wheelchair Championships on Saturday on Hilton Head Island.

In the Men’s Open Singles division, second-seeded Stephen Welch beat fourth-seeded Steve Baldwin 6-1, 4-6, 7-6(3), while top-seeded Gordon Reid, the three-time defending champion, beat Frederic Cazeaudumec, 6-0, 6-0.

In the Women’s Open Singles division, No. 2 Katharina Kruger downed No. 3 Francisca Mardones, 6-2, 6-2, while top-seeded Lucy Shuker, the bronze medalist at the recent London Paralympics, beat Jessica Sporte 6-0, 6-0.

Paralympian Lucy Shuker from London, England returns a serve during her match.

Paralympian Lucy Shuker from London, England returns a serve during her match.

In the Open Doubles divisions, the two singles finalists teamed up to win their respective titles.

The top-seeded team of Reid and Welch beat Steve Baldwin and Frederic Cazeaudumec 6-4, 6-2 to win the men’s title, while No. 1 seeds Kruger and Shuker beat Francisca Mardones and Jessica Sporte 6-0, 6-2 for the women’s title.

Competitors vied for one of three major trophies awarded annually at the Wheelchair Tennis Championships.

Here are some additional results that were not completed by the time the newspaper story ran:

Men’s Wheelchair A Singles 

David Williams of Sugar Hill, GA, who also works at UroMed, defeated Aaron Gunn of Charlotte, NC for the Men’s Wheelchair A Singles title.

Doubles partners Jan Proctor [R] and Lynn Seidemann [L] prepare for their match.

Doubles partners Jan Proctor [R] and Lynn Seidemann [L] prepare for their match.

Men’s Wheelchair B Singles

Kenny Hernandez of Florida defeated Rod Spence of Charlotte, NC for the Men’s Wheelchair B Singles title.

Men’s Wheelchair C Singles

Robert Popelka  of Atlanta, GA defeated James Dominick of Lawrenceville, GA for the Men’s Wheelchair C Singles title.

Kate Stuteville of Colleyville, TX shows a young player how to use a tennis wheelchair.

Kate Stuteville of Colleyville, TX shows a young player how to use a tennis wheelchair.

Women’s Wheelchair A Singles

Denise Esrey  of Grass Valley, CA defeated  Valeria Reyes-Chian of Fairfax, VA for the Women’s Wheelchair A Singles title.

Congratulations to all of the competitors!

Details: For complete draws and results, visit http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/tournamenthome/tournament.aspx?t=112539

The tournament photos were all provided by local photographer Dayle Thomas.  If you’d like a copy of the event pictures, please contact her at Dayle@smartypantspix.com.

About the Professional Tennis Registry

PTR Vice President Julie Jilly along with some of her volunteers helped make this year's Wheelchair Tennis Championships a success!

PTR Vice President Julie Jilly along with some of her volunteers helped make this year’s Wheelchair Tennis Championships a success!

 

Players David Eads of Salem, OR and Amy Burnett of Murfreesboro, TN enjoy PTR events across the country!

Players David Eads of Salem, OR and Amy Burnett of Murfreesboro, TN enjoy PTR events across the country!

PTR was founded in 1976, by world renowned coach Dennis Van der Meer.  Dennis saw the need to develop a universal language and progressions for tennis teaching.

PTR Membership offers unparalleled educational materials, opportunities, career assistance and most importantly, worldwide recognition and respect.

PTR also provides members with numerous benefits to assist them in their career as a tennis teaching professional and/or coach.

With members in 117 countries, PTR’s mission is to educate, certify and service tennis teachers and coaches around the world in order to grow the game.

Quick Facts about the Organization:

Internationally recognized tennis teaching certification

Approximately 14,000 Members in 117 countries

12 International Master Professionals

32 Master Professionals

Katharina Kruger travelled to Hilton Head from Berlin, Germany to compete in this year's event.

Katharina Kruger travelled to Hilton Head from Berlin, Germany to compete in this year’s event.

More than 190 National and International Testers

Annual International Tennis Symposium, Championships and Trade Show

Hosts annual PTR $15,000 Wheelchair Championships

Publisher of TennisPro, PTR’s award winning magazine

PTR membership is inclusive in terms of gender, race, ethnicity and religion.

PTR is also sensitive to those of lower socioeconomic backgrounds. If you cannot afford the cost of professional development, you may qualify for assistance through PTR Foundation.

For the teaching professional and coach to the tennis novice, PTR has instructional DVDs, manuals, supplements and books available that will help improve skills. We have included an Online Membership Application to make it easy for you to join PTR.

If you have any questions about PTR membership, please call 800-421-6289  or 843-785-7244  or visit http://www.ptrtennis.org/.

UroMed supports a variety of community events nationwide.

UroMed supports a variety of community events nationwide.

About UroMed Community Giving

UroMed is honored to support numerous charities nationwide in the communities that we serve.

We focus our community efforts on three primary areas:

  • Condition-related associations that focus on education, awareness and support
  • Sports programs for the disabled
  • Leadership and motivational programs for disabled youth

Additionally, many of our employees volunteer their time and efforts at various community events. Many of our employees have a personal connection to the following non-profit organizations, as 20% of our customer care associates either has a disability or has a family member with a disabling condition.

Please contact us if you would like to invite UroMed to sponsor your organization or event.

About UroMed Catheters
Headquartered in Suwanee, GA [a suburb of Atlanta], UroMed is one of the nation’s leading providers of single-use catheters, urological and disposable medical supplies, including intermittent catheters, closed system catheters, condom catheters, pediatric catheters and continence care products. UroMed is nationally accredited for Medicare reimbursement and most state Medicaid plans, and partners with private health insurance providers and health plans to provide patients with single-use catheters, catheter kits and incontinence products. UroMed also has seven staffed regional offices located in Boston, MA; Columbia, SC; Jacksonville, FL; Dallas, TX; Carlsbad, CA; Knoxville, TN; Richmond, VA; and Baton Rouge, LA; enabling next-day delivery after a customer’s initial medical supply order. For more information, please visit http://www.uromed.com or call 1-800-841-1233.

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