Jana Hunsaker Memorial Wheelchair Tournament at the BJK USTA National Tennis Center
June 6, 2009, Flushing Meadow, NY – Most tennis fansÂ have Paris and the French Open on their minds, however this weekend at the Billie JeanKing USTA National Tennis, fans are focused on Wheelchair tennis andthe 9th Annual Jana Hunsaker Memorial Tournament. More than 50 athleteshave gathered to participate in USTA and International Tennis Federation sanctioned tournamentÂ dedicated to the memory of JanaHunsaker.
Jana Hunsaker was an instructor at the National Tennis Center. She was an advocate for wheelchairÂ tennis and was a driving force in beginning a wheelchair tennis program. Hunsucker passed away in 2000.
|Tournament matches took place on many of the US Open’s outer courts, with a lucky few having the specialprivilege of playing in Arthur Ashe Stadium. Let’s take a brief look at the action in Ashe on Saturday.|
|France’s Francois Xavier Morille||France’s Sebastien Husser|
Inthe top half of the draw for the semifinals of the Men’s Open singles,third seeded Francois Xavier Morille used a power-filled all court gameto blow outÂ his doubles partner, Sebastien Husser 6-0, 6-0.Â Husserhad knocked out the top seed of the tournament on Friday. In wheelchairtennis the rules are the same as for able-bodied tennis players, exceptfor one thing — wheelchair players can play the ball on two bounces asopposed to one. Morille for the vast majority of the points did notneed a second bounce. Morille has an ITF world ranking of 26. He’llface fellow Frenchman unseeded Sebastien Goudou in the finals on Sunday.
GVTN will be on hand for Sunday’s finals in Arthur Ashe Stadium. For more information on the tournament, click here.