This past weekend, Kelwona, British Columbia local Pat Ryan won the second edition of the Prairie Cup held in Calgary. James Bernus finished second and Sam Unrau finished third. The men’s wheelchair single event was run as part of the Alberta Open that was held concurrently.
Following the competition, Ryan was quoted by Tennis Canada as saying, “Great to play in another new tourney for wheelchair tennis! I’m always glad to see growth in our sport as it hard work to recruit players for a sport as challenging as tennis. I’m happy and proud for both my wins this season (Kamloops) but the biggest win at both of these events for me was meeting some really awesome people. We had a ton of fun both on and off the court and I look forward to competing against these guys next year!”
BTG Program Coordinator for Wheelchair Sports Alberta BJ Engedahl was quoted by Tennis Canada as saying, “Wheelchair Sports Alberta would like to commend the Wheelchair Tennis athletes who competed at the Alberta Open this past weekend in Calgary. [..] Congratulations to Pat Ryan, James Bernus, and Sam Unrau who placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively. On behalf of Wheelchair Sports Alberta, I would like to thank Tennis Canada, Tennis Alberta, Tennis Manitoba, Manitoba Wheelchair Sports and all of the athletes for supporting this event.”
Forty-four year old Ryan is not currently ranked, and had his best world ranking in 2012 when he was ranked 272. He came into this tournament after a win earlier in the month at the Legacy Games in Kamloops. He finished the tournament undefeated, going 49 – 14 point wise across all four matches he played.