The Midwest Wheelchair Championships concluded yesterday in Grand Rapids, Michigan with Jon Rydberg winning the Men’s Wheelchair Open Singles, Emmy Kaiser winning the Women’s Wheelchair Open Singles, Joel Dembe and Steve Welch winning the Men’s Wheelchair Open Doubles, Kaiser and Sporte winning the Women’s Wheelchair Open Doubles, and Bryan Barten winning the Quad Wheelchair Open Singles.
In other results, Daniel Heumann won the Men’s Wheelchair B Singles, Valerie Wallace won the Women’s Wheelchair A Singles, Dupont and Green won the Men’s Wheelchair A Doubles, Bennett/Gomez won the Men’s Wheelchair B Doubles, Becker and Contant won the Senior Wheelchair Open/A Doubles, and Schreiber/Whitlock won the Senior Wheelchair B/C Doubles.
American Barten’s defeated North Bay, Ontario local Rob Shaw in straight sets of 6 – 0 and 6 – 1. Following the match, Shaw was quoted by Wheelchair Tennis at Tennis Canada as saying, “Very tough match. I mean there was definitely some things I could have done but overall I’ve never seen him play that well. I lost count of the amount of lines he hit and in the entire first set I think he hit 2 balls out. I still needs lots of work with consistency and depth but it was still a good learning experience.”
The competition was organized by the Mary Free Bed Wheelchair Sports. It is part of the NEC International Wheelchair Tennis Tour, and all competitors were USTA or ITF members.