2013 Southern California Open Review
The Southern California Open is one of the most anticipated wheelchair tennis events on the tour. The 2013 edition of this great tournament took place between 25-27 January in Indian Wells, California at the famous Indian Wells Tennis Gardens. There were a total of 36 competitors taking part in several different events including the Men’s Open Division, Men’s A Division, Men’s B Division and Men’s C Division in both singles and doubles. This meant that there were 8 titles up for grabs and competition was fierce.
It initially appeared as if the entire 2013 Southern California Open card was in jeopardy when that particular area of California was hit with its first major storm at precisely the same time as the event.
This caused the first day matches on Friday to be cancelled and there were fears that the tournament would not go ahead. Thankfully, the rain receded and the weather remained positive for the remainder of the weekend.
Men’s Open Division: Steve Baldwin from San Diego triumphed 6-2; 6-2 in the final against Anthony Anderson. In the doubles, Baldwin made it a memorable weekend as he teamed up with Michael Foulks to beat Tom Ayala and Marty Anderson in the final.
Men’s B Division: Jim Ilg is a newcomer on the scene and he surprised a few people with his excellent performance in winning the singles tournament with a fine 6-4; 6-3 final win over Denise Esrey. The doubles tournament was won by Ken Straiton and Sherman Schneller as the dynamic duo continued their winning ways.
Men’s C Division: Mark Jones beat rival Alan Salceda 6-3; 6-0 in the final of this event. Jones teamed up with Henry Reyes to defeat Salceda and Juan Solis in the final of the doubles.
Junior A Division: Solis still had a good weekend as he defeated Reyes 8-5 in the final of the junior division.
Adaptive Athletics Association hosted the 2013 Southern California Open and did an amazing job in the process. The Association hopes to host another big event in Las Vegas, Nevada in November but until then, there is a huge array of wheelchair tennis tournaments to look forward to.
Video: Steve Baldwin Discussing his Life & Wheelchair Tennis
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