Wheelchair tennis: Wheel ’em in here, TV says …

By the Associated Press

He lost and won.

A New York judge denied a filmmaker’s request Wednesday to shoot video of wheelchair division tennis matches at the U.S. Open in New York. But the filmmaker later learned at least some of the matches will be televised anyway.

Alan Rich, a Brooklyn attorney and freelance journalist, argued that since CBS, ESPN and the Tennis Channel don’t usually air matches from the wheelchair tournament, he should be granted access. A judge denied that request.

But USTA spokesman Chris Widmaier said some of the wheelchair matches will air after all. He said a decision on when matches would be aired was pending.

The wheelchair division, featuring 20 of the top players, begins competition Thursday and ends Sunday.

Rich is making a film about the wheelchair players.

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