Spring can be extremely hectic for Woods Tennis Center executive director Kevin Heim. And with Woodsâ new indoor structure just weeks away from completion and the Lincoln Parks and Recreation massive summer programs starting in a month, Heim finds his time being spread pretty thin these days.
There arenât many things that would cause him to leave town now, but a chance to go Italy for 15 days would fall into that category.
Heim leaves Tuesday with the United States wheelchair tennis team for Italian island of Sardinia, where they will compete in the BNP Paribas World Team Cup from May 1-7.
Heim will be going as a personal care assistant for Nick Taylor of Wichita, Kansas, one of the top menâs quad players in the world. While Heim has helped coach wheelchair tennis at various national camps around the country and works with Lincolnâs Taylor Graham (ranked No. 6 nationally), he will not be one of the primary coaches in Italy.
âUsually Nickâs father travels with him, but heâs been dealing with some health problems and canât make the trip,â Heim said. âIâm just happy to help out anyway I can, and obviously going to Italy for two weeks with the national team is a tremendous opportunity.â
The Lincoln wheelchair players will benefit greatly from the new Woods indoor facility because it will be completely ADA-compliant. The bubbles were not up to those standards and getting the wheelchairs onto the indoor courts was a major task.
âThe doorways will be wide enough for sports chairs, which will be much better than itâs been in the past,â Heim said. âWeâre also going to have a lift to get them to the upper viewing area, so theyâll have total access to the entire facility.â
Heim said the indoor structure should be ready for the grand opening ceremony scheduled for May 17, the day before the Class B girls state high school tournament starts at Woods.
âEverything inside is close to being done,â Heim said. âThey should be ready to start surfacing the courts this coming week and enclosing the walkway from the clubhouse to the building.â
Big Ten brackets released
The Nebraska menâs tennis team is the No. 11 seed and will face host Purdue (the No. 6 seed) in the first round of the Big Ten tournament Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in West Lafayette, Indiana. Two days after posting their first Big Ten win of the season and snapping a nine-match losing streak in a 4-3 home win over Michigan State, the Huskers (5-17 overall, 1-10 in Big Ten) fell to No. 16 Michigan 7-0 outdoors Sunday at Dillon Tennis Center.
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