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Wheelchair Tennis Championship in Mission Viejo's Future

The city will be the first U.S. town to host the Master Series Wheelchair Doubles World Championship.

Mission Viejo is known for its love of sports. With nationally ranked high school teams, Olympic-caliber swimmers and even a new pro basketball team, the city seems to draw great athletes.

Next year, Mission Viejo will be the first U.S. city to host a wheelchair tennis championship, according to a recent city announcement. The Master Series Wheelchair Doubles World Championship will be held Nov. 7-11, 2013, at the newly-renovated Marguerite Tennis Pavilion.

"It will be wonderful to have people from across the globe come to our beautiful community to compete in such an inspiring sport," said Mayor Frank Ury.

The international wheelchair tennis tour began in 1992 with 11 international tournaments. Since then it's grown to more than 170 events around the world.

Mission Viejo has played host to the USTA/ITF Cruyff Foundation Junior Wheelchair Camp, the only camp of its kind in North or South America.

Shripathi Kamath November 26, 2012 at 10:24 PM
The local tennis pro Jason Harnett is heavily involved in such programs, and coaches the top players in the competition. He recently won the Order of Ikkos for his contribution to the Paralympics (http://missionviejolife.org/2012/09/18/mv-coach-order-of-ikkos/) I hope the facility does finish its remaining/fixup work on the tennis center improvements in time for the event. Will Patch find out if the lighting issues will be fixed by then, Peter?

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