Scotiabank Wheelchair Circuit Kicks Off this Weekend
March 16, 2010
The 2010 Scotiabank Canadian Wheelchair Circuit gets underway this coming weekend with the first stop at the ITF 3 Series Windsor Classic. The event, taking place from March 18-21, will be held at the Parkside Tennis Club in Windsor, Ontario and will feature some of the world’s top wheelchair tennis talent.
In the men’s competition, the highest-ranked entrant is Canadian Yann Mathieu (Trois-Rivières, Quebec) who currently sits at No. 29 in the world. Battling Mathieu for the title will be fellow Canucks Corey Blatchford (Saskatoon), Joel Dembe (Toronto), Eric Gilbert (St. Raymond, Quebec) and Philippe Bedard (Montreal). Meanwhile, world No. 36 Paul Moran (USA) and No. 48 Sebastien Husser (France) will try to spoil the party for the home crowd favourites.
On the women’s side, Cyndy McLean, recently crowned Tennis Canada’s Most Improved Wheelchair Tennis Athlete of the Year, will try to continue her ascent up the world rankings. The Guelph, Ontario native is currently ranked No. 38 but will face stiff competition from No. 15 Emmy Kaiser (USA) and No. 33 Mackenzie Soldan (USA). McLean is the lone Canadian entered into the women’s draw as the rest of the competitors are all American.
The quad division will be a fierce battle as all of the entrants are ranked inside the Top 60, including two Top 20 players in Adrian Dieleman (Ancaster, Ontario) and American Lylah Bradford. Rounding out the quad division draw will be Jason Miller (USA), Francois Trawalter (France) and Canadians Natasha Southwell and Gary Luker.
After spending the past five years as an ITF Futures Series event, the Windsor Classic was upgraded to an ITF 3 Series event for 2010 and will offer a total of $10,000 in prize money.