May 14, 2008

Wheelchair Champs of the Court

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Paul Yu volunteers every Tuesday night at the Ala Moana Park Wheelchair Tennis program. He provides guidance and instruction to new and veteran wheelchair players. Once a competitive junior player, Paul returned to tennis 10 years ago as a recreation player and could be found playing regularly at Ala Moana Park tennis courts. Searching for something that didn't revolve around himself, he decided to get involved with the USTA wheelchair tennis program that took place on the courts beside him. The timing was perfect since the former wheelchair tennis coach was unable to continue and Paul was ready to step in and give back to the game that was a big part of his life as a youngster. Along with his basket of balls, Paul brings passion and patience to the courts. He meets the challenge weekly, encouraging his students while understanding their limitations. He is rewarded each week when players return to test their new confidence and abilities. Paul is particularly proud of one student, 13 year old Shelby Baron who has numerous match wins as a wheelchair players among able-bodied players in the USTA Junior Team Tennis program.

December 19, 2007

Wheelchair tennis

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Singles and doubles final rounds of the recent ITF Hawaii Pacific Open Wheelchair Championships held in December, 2007 in Honolulu, Hawaii. This is an ITF Futures Event and is part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour. Total Prize Money $3,000. Site: Central Oahu Regional Park Tennis Complex.