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Professional Wheelchair Tennis Exhibition in St. Pete

February 9, 2006 02:39 PM

The Tampa Bay area will be treated to an exhibition of athletic skill and mental fortitude when the Baseline Wheelchair Foundation and the Admiral Farragut Academy present a professional wheelchair tennis exhibition on Friday February 24 at noon.  The matches, which will feature some of the top ranked wheelchair tennis players in the world, will be staged at the Admiral Farragut Academy courts at 501 Park Street North in St. Petersburg.

The top 2 American wheelchair female players are scheduled to play in the exhibition along with 2 world ranked men wheelchair tennis professionals.

Scheduled players include:

Beth Arnoult- Ritthaler, Maui, Hawaii
United States Tennis Association #1 ranked women’s wheelchair tennis player

Karin Korb, Atlanta, Georgia
United States Tennis Association # 2 ranked women’s wheelchair tennis player
First female wheelchair tennis player to compete in USTA tournament against able-bodied players.

John Johnston, Gainesville, Florida
Formerly ranked  # 24 in the world
First male wheelchair tennis player to compete in USTA National Championships against able-bodied players.

Paul Walker, Lakeland, Florida
Formerly ranked in top 5 in United States.
Head coach, U.S. women’s national wheelchair tennis team

2000 USTA Tennis Broadcaster of the Year Dave “Koz” Kozlowski will be serving as the emcee’ of the event.  Kozlowski, the host of the Tennis Channel’sInside Tennis with The Koz”, will be filming the event to be aired in an up- coming show on the Tennis Channel.

“Competitive sports have an emotional impression on many of us. I have had the opportunity to work and witness some major tennis events, however none has had the impact on me as the US Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships in San Diego. The field consisted of the most talented wheelchair athletes in the word. The upper-body and mental strength along with their wheelchair adroitness were very impressive and imposing; nevertheless it was their drive and courage, which had the strongest impact on any spectator in attendance. It is an honor to be part of the Baseline Wheelchair Foundation and the Admiral Farragut Academy program,” voiced Koz.

The Becker Ventures, LLC sponsored event is FREE to the public. 

For more information contact:
Bob Waldman, Exhibition Director,(917) 533-7792 or
Admiral Farragut Academy (727) 343-3678






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