Kings of the court

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Wheelchair tennis players practicing at Shoshone Park in Boise.

Sometimes when one door closes another opens.

"You get hurt and you think 'gosh, I'm never going to be able to have somewhat of a normal life again,'" said wheelchair tennis coach Randy Corbett. Corbett referring to a motorcycle accident which put him in a wheelchair.
 
Regardless of what happened, a small but passionate community in the Treasure Valley is embracing wheelchair tennis, and it's for all skills levels.

"I can move pretty fast in a chair but I need to improve on my stroke," said wheelchair player Kevin Falk.

"I'm good enough at it that I can have fun but I'm not that bad," wheelchair player Chad Coleman jokingly said.
 
Something else that helps is having a sense of humor.

"We have a pretty wild and crazy group in Boise," said player Makenzie Ellsworth.

Surprisingly, one of the requirements for wheelchair tennis isn't a wheelchair. You can join them with up-down tennis, which is when an able-bodied person teams up with a wheelchair player. The only difference is the wheelchair player gets two bounces while the able-body player gets one bounce.

"When there aren't a lot of chair players you have to play somebody," Corbett said. "So you have to play able-body people-it just makes sense.

"They get to just be themselves while we get to be ourselves," Ellsworth said. "It's the only wheelchair sport that you can do that."

"All of a sudden they don't see us in chair anymore," Corbett said. "They just see us out playing sports and the chairs just disappear."

For more information check out the Idaho Wheelchair Tennis Association.