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Elite Tennis Athletes to Compete in Wheelchair Competition at the U.S. Open September 10-13.

David Wagner - Ando Akira The 2009 U.S. Open Wheelchair Competition runs September 10 – 13 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center right alongside Arthur Ashe's main court action. David Wagner of the USA, pictured left, is the number one seed in the men's quads division. Wagner is a two time Paralympic Quad doubles gold medalist.

Twenty of the world's top wheelchair athletes will compete in women's singles, women's doubles, quad singles and quad doubles. A quad player is someone who has had substantial loss of function in one or both lower extremities and one or both upper extremities.

Top prize money is a record $100,000, the highest of any of the wheelchair Grand Slam events.

If you are at the Open, stop by to check out the impressive action. You will need a grounds pass only to watch. A few matches may be televised on Tennis Channel. They are negotiating at the moment.

Image: Ando Akira