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25th Annual Cajun Classic Wheelchair Tennis Tournament - Wednesday, March 5, 2014


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 5, 2014
CONTACT: Jennifer Edmonson, 225-939-4086 or Rusty Jabour, 225-505-3104

Cajun Classic Wheelchair Tennis Tournament Celebrates 25
Years and Makes History Again With BR-Area Amateurs


The Cajun Classic Wheelchair Tennis Tournament  marks its 25th  year in Baton Rouge, March 19-23,
hosting 107 players from 17 countries, including 23 of the world’s top-10 professionals and eleven amateurs from the Baton Rouge area.

Tournament  play  begins  on  Wednesday,   March  19,  and  continues through  the  finals  on 
Sunday,  March  23,  at  the  Paula  G.  Manship

YMCA   Lamar   Tennis   Center.      The   international   tournament   is presented by the Greater
Baton Rouge Community  Tennis Association and is produced by the Baton Rouge Wheelchair Tennis
Association.

Admission  to  the  tournament  is  free  for  all  days  and  all  matches, including the finals.
Tournament play begins at 8 a.m. each day and continues into the evenings until all matches are
completed.

"Of the professional players who are world-ranked, we will have seven of the top-10 men, eight of
the top-10 women, and eight of the top-10 quadriplegics right here in Baton Rouge as we celebrate
25 years,” said tournament director Jennifer Edmonson of Baton Rouge.

Edmonson said the Cajun Classic makes history this year with eleven Baton  Rouge  area  amateurs 
competing,  up  from  nine  competing  last year.  The  locals  entered  this  year  are Shane 
Theriot,  Rich  Swanson, Glenn Singletary, Alex Saporito, Karin Johnson, Ryan Guillory, Travis
Carter, Kerry Ellis, Paden Mouton, Ashley Fournier, and Shoeb Khan.

Jerry Stovall, president of the Baton Rouge Area Sports Foundation, which has been a longtime
supporter of the Cajun Classic, said BRASF will sponsor the Baton Rouge players’ entry fees.

"The Cajun Classic is an amazing event for Baton Rouge that gives local amateurs a unique
opportunity  to compete on a world stage,” said Stovall.   He also credited the Cajun Classic and
the GBRCTA  for helping establish  and  promote  year-round  wheelchair  tennis  instruction  in 
Baton  Rouge  through  instructor  Carlos Roldan.

The Cajun Classic is sanctioned by the ITF and the United States Tennis Association. The tournament
is part of  ITF’s  Wheelchair  Tennis  Tour  where  players  compete  for  more  than  $1  million 
in  prize  money  in tournaments  throughout  the world. The rules of wheelchair  tennis are the
same as regular tennis, except the ball is allowed to bounce twice.

Edmonson said the Cajun Classic is made possible by a host of donors and sponsors, including the
presenting sponsor,  GBRCTA,  and premier  sponsors:  the United  States  Tennis  Association, 
Baton  Rouge  Wheelchair Tennis  Association,   Baton  Rouge  Rehab  Hospital,  Sunrise  Medical, 
Superior  Vans  and  Mobility,  and Numotion.

GBRCTA  President  Kevin  Cunningham  said  Baton  Rouge  tennis  league  players  help  sponsor 
the  Cajun Classic through the City Championship league, which is promoted as "Play for a Purpose.”
He said part of the league fees are dedicated to help sponsor the Cajun Classic.

"GBRCTA is proud to present the Cajun Classic, and we are especially pleased that local
professional Carlos Roldan  teaches  wheelchair  tennis year-round,  as part of our mission  of
providing  tennis to everyone  in the area,” said Cunningham.

Dan James, national manager of Wheelchair Tennis, USTA, will return to Baton Rouge again this year
for the tournament.  "The Cajun Classic continues to raise the bar for excellence.  It continues to
be one of the most popular tournaments  on the circuit, and Baton Rouge is one of the nation’s 
most dynamic areas in terms of year-round wheelchair tennis opportunities and instruction.”

The Cajun Classic is produced  by the Baton Rouge Wheelchair  Tennis Association,  a non-profit, 
volunteer board  that  raises  funds  to  pay  for  the  required  ITF-badged   referee  and 
umpire   fees,   meals,  drinks, transportation, accommodations at the host hotel, player party,
programs and wheelchair repair station.

Financial support and donations are still being accepted to pay for additional costs associated
with the larger tournament this year.  Persons or businesses interested in helping may contact
Jennifer Edmonson through the Cajun Classic website:  www.cajunclassictennis.com or by calling
225-939-4086.

Related wheelchair tennis links
International Tennis Federation:  http://beta.itftennis.com/wheelchair/home.aspx
USTA Wheelchair Tennis:  http://www.usta.com/Play-Tennis/Wheelchair-Tennis/Wheelchair
























































 

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