| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

 

Point Set Indoor Racquet Club in Oceanside, N.Y. served as the practice courts for competitors in the 2017 U.S. Open Wheelchair tournament, continuing its work as one of the leading wheelchair tennis advocates.

That mission started nearly 50 years ago when Danny Dwyer, former Co-Owner of Point Set, got a call from a wheelchair athlete who wanted to enter a tennis tournament. Dwyer made his facility wheelchair-accessible and started hosting one of the country’s first free wheelchair tennis clinics.

A decade later, Dwyer founded the National Tennis Association for the Disabled and the international Lichtenberg Buick-Mazda Wheelchair Tournament, then becoming the USTA’s first Wheelchair Committee Chairman and was one of five people appointed to the International Tennis Federation’s Wheelchair Committee.

Dwyer passed away in 2010, but Point Set has continued his legacy. Each week, the facility hosts a class for students with Multiple Sclerosis, where Tennis Professional Tonny VandePieterman donates his time in honor of Dwyer.

“It has been a great experience serving as the practice courts during the U.S. Open,” said Lori Sarnelli, Point Set’s General Manager. “We think Dan Dwyer would have been very proud.”