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Wheelchair Tennis in Boca Raton looks for a boost

By John Evenson

The center of the wheelchair tennis universe had been Boca Raton each and every spring for over 20 years, but the Florida Open International Wheelchair Tennis Championships got too big and too expensive for organizers to continue. While the very best wheelchair tennis players in the world are no longer going head to head in South Florida, the city of Boca Raton has helped to begin their own regional tournament, a chance for local talent to show what they've got.

"We don't have all the international top level players here", explains Bruce Karr, former organizer of the Florida Open International Wheelchair Tennis Championships, "it's more of a local regional event right now, but it will grow I'm sure."

Karr says while there is fantastic wheelchair tennis talent in South Florida, the support is lacking to allow the United States to compete with the rest of the world.

"The countries are very supportive of what they're doing," says Karr, "especially at a grass roots level, they bring them up and they sponsor them to go everywhere. It's not quite the same here in the United States, everybody kind of starts on their own or locally, and builds up, and if they get to be good enough then they move onto the international level."

Karr says the United States can get back on track in the sport if more instructors are able to find time to teach the sport, and help push the talent to the next level of competition.

Wheelchair Tennis in Boca Raton looks for a boost

Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:51 PM EDT

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