Article published Jun 10, 2007
Wheelchair tennis tournament founded to honor former Delta player
By THOMAS ST. MYER
Nearly two years ago, Aly (
At the time of her death, the 26-year-old McCann lived in
In honor of her dedication to tennis, and treatment of those she cared for, Joy Wegener organized the McCann Memorial Wheelchair Open. Held at the Muncie Northwest-YMCA, the tournament kicked off Friday and concludes today with mixed-doubles matches.
"She was on my (USTA) team," Wegener said. "I went to her (calling) and found out she had worked with people with disabilities, so that got me thinking about the possibility."
Wegener said she then attended a USTA training seminar where they demonstrated wheelchair tennis, and that motivated her to pursue the tournament. With the exception of allowing two bounces rather than one before a return, wheelchair tennis follows the same basic rules of standard tennis.
The McCann Memorial Wheelchair Open represents the first USTA sanctioned wheelchair tournament held in