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Great Article - Wheelchair Tennis
« on: February 10, 2005, 09:00:48 AM »
I wish these guys would get more money for what they do.  The guy writing the article obviously thinks so too.  But apparently they played (2) pros in wheelchairs Younes El Aynaoui and Richard Krajicek and killed them.  

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sportacademy/hi/sa/tennis/disability/newsid_4234000/4234205.stm
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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2005, 09:31:10 AM »
I certainly feel bad for them because of their pyhsical conditions.  I feel badly for all handicapped people.  The fact that they are able to get out and compete is remarkable, to say the least and they should be commended for that.  But as far as prize money goes, it all boils down to sponsorship which ties directly to the number of fans who attend sporting events.  I seriously doubt that thousands of fans attend these events.

Scott, have you seen the handicapped guy in the wheelchair at our club who comes in and takes lessons?  Phenominal athlete!  The way he gets around in that chair is amazing and he hits the ball nice.
I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, "You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit." As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.  - Mitch Hedberg

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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2005, 09:33:49 AM »
I actually have no tseen him.  I believe it was at OSU that 3 wheel chair tennis players took lessons.  Always fun to watch them.  i have even seen a wheelchair tennis tournament at OSU.  I showed up to hit with Andre and he volunteered to be a ball boy and I had to wait for Andre but it was worth it.  Good match.
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« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2005, 09:37:50 AM »
Sunday night was the time he usually came in but I haven't been there on Sunday night for awhile.  Since my wife works at the front desk she would always go down to the back doors and make sure the doors were propped open so that he could get in.  They made that little bridge over the creek just for him so that he could wheel in the back door next to court 8, thus taking the steps at the main entrance out of the equation..
I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, "You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit." As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.  - Mitch Hedberg

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« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2005, 09:45:59 AM »
Yep yep and yep.  I remember him now because I always wondered how a HC person would get there until I saw him come in that door, then it all clicked.  It has been at least a year since I have seen him.
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