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Andrew Skinner January 27, 2022 News, Noteworthy, Upcoming Events

Take a look at this wonderful article below from USTA Southern California featuring our very own Triumph Ambassador Cy Estabrook.

Cy Estabrook has a simple and concise message to people who may someday find themselves in the same situation as him following a severe spinal cord injury that led to paralysis after a fall in a parking lot six years ago.

“Just because you have an accident later in life, don’t give up. Get out of bed and do something,” said Estabrook, one of Southern California’s most active wheelchair tennis players. “I like to promote the game of wheelchair tennis and show people that. I had a freak accident, and it could happen to anyone. But it won’t keep me down.”

The 65-year-old Pasadena resident Estabrook is confident and affable, treating people he has just met like he has known them for years.

The transition to wheelchair tennis was tough for Estabrook from the start. “I was a tennis player before and was like, ‘Wow, I’ve never even heard of wheelchair tennis,’” Estabrook said. “Just making the transfer from your everyday chair to this chair because there are no brakes was hard to do. I had to do it several times. Those first few transfers were pretty sloppy. You have to strap in really good. It’s like everything else and takes baby steps.”

Estabrook enjoys traveling to wheelchair events and recently competed in Salem, Oregon, and San Diego, with his devoted wife Robyn always by his side rooting him on.

“The exercise is very important, but the socialization is the most important part in my opinion,” Estabrook said. “Just getting out being with people who are dealing with the same things you are dealing with.”

Want to play tennis?

There are many opportunities to play Wheelchair Tennis every week!

Clinic highlights:

Every Wednesday at 6pm
Lakewood Tennis Club
4212 Clubhouse Drive.
Lakewood, CA

Every Monday at 6pm
La Habra Tennis Courts
351 S. Euclid St.
La Habra, CA

Visit United States Tennis Association for more opportunities!

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