The Alabama Crimson Tide’s Adapted Athletics wheelchair tennis team earned its seventh consecutive national championship over rival Auburn University on May 20th.
For the first time ever, the wheelchair tennis national title was played simultaneously with the Division I, II, III NCAA championships at the United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Campus in Orlando.
The top ranked Tide notched their 8th wheelchair national championship in program history defeating the 4th ranked Tigers in both doubles and singles matches.
Best Finals Atmosphere
Three-time wheelchair tennis singles national champion Thomas Venos said this year’s championship was like no other in his time at UA, according to a University news release.
“This was one of the best finals to date for me. As we got to play against our in-state rivals Auburn and we played alongside the NCAA Division I women’s final so the crowd was massive and loud, which I always enjoy,” he said.
“In doubles we only lost one game and then in my singles I gave my opponent the business and beat him 6-0, 6-0 to secure the title for the Tide. It was a great weekend all around that I will remember forever.”
The win by the wheelchair tennis team completed the adapted sports national championship “double” — in basketball and tennis.
All together – basketball and tennis – the University of Alabama Adapted Athletics program has won 21 national titles.
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