Back in 2007 – part 2

Back in 2007 – part 1

Wheelchair tennis

After these entertaining doubles matches, I headed to number 7 court, for some wheelchair tennis.
There are only a few differences between tennis and wheelchair tennis:
– the player is allowed two bounces of the ball. The second bounce can be either in or out of the court boundaries
– the wheelchair is considered part of the body

Some photos and videos of Mickaël Jérémiasz, former world number one in singles and doubles.

Mickael Jeremiasz

Mickael Jeremiasz

Mickael Jeremiasz, French Open 2007

Mickael Jeremiasz, French Open 2007

Juniors

I was also able to catch a little bit of juniors tennis action, with 2 promising players: Alexa Glatch and Sorana Cirstea. They were playing a doubles match against two Russians (I can’t remember their name).
I first read about Glatch on Colette Lewis’ excellent website: Zootennis, a blog dedicated to junior and college tennis.
Glatch, a former US Open junior finalist, turned pro in 2005, but suffered a serious accident which prevented her from playing for eight months. She finally had a breakthrough season in 2009, beating Flavia Pennetta in Roland Garros, and qualifying USA for the Fed Cup finals.

Alexa Glatch

Sorana Cirstea has had a more successful WTA career so far: she won her first title in Tashkent in 2008, and reached the quarters finals in Roland Garros in 2009.
With improvements to her game, she could do as well as her fellow contrywoman, former player Irinea Spirlea, who reached the top 10 in the late 90’s. Spirlea is known for the famous bumping incident with Venus Williams in the semis of the 1997 US Open. She was also the first female player disqualified in 1996 at Palermo for directing abusive language at an official.

Sorana Cirstea

Don’t worry if you don’t have tickets for the main court at the Grand Slam, there’s plenty of action on the other courts: doubles, veterans matches, junior or wheelchair tennis.

Edit: after a bit of research the junior doubles match was: Cirstea/ Glatch d Antoniychuk/Pervak 6-0 6-1

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