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Wheelchair champs give tennis a different spin

Published: September 5, 2011

ST. LOUIS • It still bothers Robin Ammerlaan when he has to take his eye off the tennis ball.

Ammerlaan, 43, played tennis for 15 years with what he calls an “able body” before surgery for spina bifida left him unable to walk. For the last 14 years, he’s played from a wheelchair.

The newer game still requires swift movement. In a wheelchair, that means turning your back on your opponent.

“When you’re able-bodied,” he continued, “you always look at the ball.”