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[tennisbiz] Re: question about Wheelchair player vs. Non-Wheelchair player

From: Steve Halverson <>
Date: Thu 1 Nov 2001 10:17:18 -0800

<x-charset iso-8859-1>Dear Alan,

RE: wheelchair player vs. non-wheelchair player.

My question is who has the authority to change the rules of wheelchair
tennis? The rules of wheelchair tennis state that a player that is playing
in a wheelchair is allowed two bounces. If this person is talented enough
to play on the tennis team and you are trying to "even the field" as it
seems this decision is trying to do, then let's make it even and have the
wheelchair player's opponent play in a wheelchair. Then both players can be
allowed to play with the two-bounce rule.

You have to also understand that using two bounces although advantageous can
also be a disadvantage. Think how far out of position that second bounce
takes the wheelchair player on a wide ball.

Lastly, if this kid has the guts to want to play with able-bodied players,
why are you eliminating one of the main rules of wheelchair tennis that
would give him a chance to compete with and feel apart of a team of "normal"
I can almost guarantee this was an "adult" decision and the kids on the team
or any other team were not asked how they would vote.


Steve Halverson
Received on Thu Nov 01 2001 - 08:33:53 CST

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