Abilities Tennis Night at Atlantic Tire Championships

Join us for the 4rd Abilities Tennis Night at the Atlantic Tire Championships. The Atlantic Tire Championships is a USTA Pro Circuit Event that features Top ATP Players. Many of the tournament players will have just competed at the US Open in New York City. The tournament will be held September 10- 16 at Cary Tennis Park. Check the tournament’s website for additional details.


5:15 – 6:15: Abilities Clinic
We will hold a clinic for all levels on the same courts the tournament players use for warm-ups.

6:30: Dinner
Tribeca Tavern will be providing dinner again. Athletes, parents and clinic volunteers can enjoy dinner while watching the tournament’s first evening match.

7:00ish: Exhibition Match
Catch an Abilities Tennis Exhibition Match on the tournament’s Stadium Court. There will be ball kids, a chair umpire, player’s names on the scoreboard and a stadium of lucky tournament spectators. The exhibtion match will be held before the tournament’s featured singles match.

This event is free to our athletes, parents and coaches.

Come early to enjoy the afternoon matches and stay late to watch the night match.


Mountaineer Tennis Tournament

Saturday, June 16, 2018
Lake Junaluska Tennis Courts
91 North Lakeshore Dr.
Lake Junaluska, NC 28745

*Rain date: Sunday June 17th 1:00 – 6:00.

Abilities Tennis of NC will be hosting a round robin tennis tournament for Abilities tennis players.  We will start play on Saturday morning, June 16th at 9:30 with check-in starting at 9:00.  After a day on the courts, we will have a pool party followed by dinner.  We hope you all can join us for this event. Check out beautiful Lake Junaluska                           

For those players with limited experience, come join the fun on the skills court.  You will receive special instruction and individualized attention.

*Format (singles or doubles) will be determined depending on number of participants.

If you are traveling from out of town, the Sunset Inn has lovely accomodations for $50 a person or a special rate for families.  It is walking distance(about 1/2 mile) from the courts, and there is also a trolley that is available every 15 minutes. Register at (828)550-9729 with Ann Schwabland.  You may need to leave a message, and she will return the call.  http://www.providencelodge.com/    Also, other hotels at the lake include The Terrace ($149.00 – $199.00) and Lambuth Inn ($99.00 – $129.00).  Reservations can be made at 828-452-2881 ext. 733.

If you have any questions, please call me (Lou Welch) at 919-606-4917.

A detailed itinerary will come out before the event as we learn how many athletes will be attending.


Athlete Registration Volunteer Registration




Winston-Salem Abilities Open

Please join us for two full days of tennis competition (and Thursday night warm up). This is a singles tournament with options including short and full court along with skills competition. Thursday night, for those who are available, athletes will have approximately an hour of  practice and work.  After play on Friday, we will have dinner and a movie at Taylor Tennis Center.  For those who are available, Saturday night we will have pizza and ice cream.  Don’t miss your chance to join athletes from all around the East Coast at this National Tournament!


Thursday   5:30pm Player Registration – Practice 6:00 – 7:00pm

Friday   9:00am Competition begins and skills court opens.  Evening movie and dinner.

Saturday   9:00am Competition begins and usually ends between 3:30 and 4:00. Evening social with pizza and ice cream will be available for all who can stay.

Host Hotels

The Village Inn is holding 20 rooms for competitors. The hotel is less than 5 minutes from the Taylor Tennis Center.

Ask for the “Abilities Tennis” or the “Winston Salem Adaptive Open” block to get the special rate of $82.

If you think you are coming, please reserve your room as soon as possible at The Village Inn  336-766-9121, 6205 Ramada Drive, Clemmons, NC 27012

Also, if you prefer a Hampton Inn, we have reserved a block of 10 rooms/night for April 19-21. The last day the group rate of $109 will be available  is 3/22/18 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.   

Reservations can be made online at Hampton Inn  or by calling the Reservations Department at 336-760-1660 and using the group code WSA or you can use the link to register.


Athlete Registration Volunteer Registration





2018 USTA North Carolina Awards Luncheon

Abilities Tennis was well represented at the 2018 USTA North Carolina Awards luncheon in Pinehurst during Tennis Weekend.

The 2017 Adaptive Tennis Award was given to Christie Elliott (middle) & Lou Welch (right).


Christie started playing tennis in 2009 with the Adaptive Tennis program in Greensboro. Like most athletes, Christie began learning skills on the court, quickly moving on to play short court doubles and singles.  Thanks to her dedication to the sport and hours of practice, she now plays full court singles. Christie attends weekly Abilities Tennis clinics and she takes private lessons honing her groundstroke and volley skills in preparation for the next tournament. She participates in Special Olympics and has a 4.5 Special Olympics rating. She is always reaching out to others, encouraging them to play their best and her genuine delight in the success of others is undeniable.  Lou serves as the Executive Director of the Abilities Tennis Association of North Carolina. Her passion, enthusiasm and dedication are infectious. Through her hard work, she has helped the ATA grow and increase the services it provides its athletes. She puts in countless hours to deliver great programs and tournaments such as the Winston-Salem Adaptive Open and the Raleigh Winter Chill.


The 2017 Family of the Year Given by J. Blount & Dargan M. Williams was awarded to the Hunsucker Family.  While there are countless, amazing tennis families across our state, one family in Winston-Salem stands out among the rest.  Charles Hunsucker (left) has enjoyed playing tennis for nearly 50 years! He’s competed in USTA leagues, served as a Special Olympics coach, and his family has supported the Abilities Tennis Association of North Carolina since its inception. With the help and support of his wife, Frances (middle right), Charles often volunteers to coach and assist ATA national tournaments.Together, they founded the Winston-Salem Adaptive Open, a national Abilities Tennis tournament, at Taylor Tennis Center. Their son, Justin Hunsucker (middle left), has competed in the ATA and Special Olympics for 8 years, winning numerous tournaments and gold medals at the top division. Justin’s older sister, Kelly (right), enjoys playing tennis with her family and supports her brother and Dad at many of their competitions. Kelly’s 12-year-old and 10- year-old sons, are following their family’s love of tennis, both competing in USTA programs.