Hilton Head Island, SC – The Southern PTR Wheelchair Championships drew top local and international competitors. Alabama was represented in the Men’s Open (Conner Stroud, Thomas Venos), Men’s B (Alex Saporito, JeremyBoyd), Women’s Open (Lauren Haneke-Hopps), Women’s A (Avery Downing), and Quad Open (Alex Burns) singles and doubles.
In the ITF Singles Divisions, Haneke-Hopps and Stroud advanced into the Quarterfinal rounds but were stopped by Women’s Open world #12 (0-6, 0-6) and Men’s Open world #10 (0-6, 1-6) respectively. Venos lost to teammate Conner Stroud (2-6, 2-6) to then face world ranked #45 in the consolation drew. In only his 5th ITF event, Burns had a strong weekend taking games and sets of top ranked opponents. Burns lost 3 very close matches to world ranked #47 (4-6,3-6), #19 (7-6(0),1-6,3-6) and #37 (3-6, 6-7(6)). In doubles, Haneke-Hopps and Stroud make it through round one in straight sets before again falling in the round 2 against tough competitors. With no consolation in doubles, Venos and Burns fell in round 1 ending their doubles play.
In the USTA Singles Divisions, Saporito breezed through round of 16 (6-3,6-2) then fought through the quarterfinals 6-7, 6-3, (10-6). Saporito’s run ended in the semifinals 3-6, 2-6. Downing won her first round of singles in straight sets before falling to the tournament #1 seed 2-6, 0-6 in Women’s A. In his first tournament for the Tide, Boyd lost 2 very close matches 5-7, 3-6 and 4-6, 2-6. In doubles, Saporito and Boyd lost a great fight in their first doubles match together 6-4, 2-6, (8-10). Downing took the only title on the weekend for Alabama winning the Women’s A Doubles division dropping only 5 games on the weekend!
The Crimson Tide now looks to the Chicago Wheelchair Classic Oct 12-14th in Hanover Park, IL! Roll Tide!