By James Crook

165901661April 8 - The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has announced that Mission Viejo in California will host the 2013 ITF Wheelchair Doubles Masters from November 7 until 11, at the Marguerite Tennis Pavilion, which recently underwent a $5 million (£3.2 million/€3.8 million) renovation project.

This year will mark the first time the event - which is a part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour - has been held outside of Europe since its inception as a stand-alone event in 2003.

The end-of-season tournament features the world's top eight men's pairs, top six women's pairs and top four quad pairs.

Mission Viejo has hosted the ITF Johan Cruyff Foundation Junior Wheelchair Camp for the Americas, in association with the United States Tennis Association (USTA), and underwent the multi-million dollar renovation in order to raise its standards according to the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Wheelchair tennis founder and ITF Wheelchair Tennis Ambassador Brad Parks has been appointed honorary chair of the 2013 ITF Wheelchair Doubles Masters.

151566189Mission Viejo in California will become the first non-European city to host the ITF Wheelchair Doubles Masters in 2013

"Wheelchair tennis has its roots in Southern California," Parks told the ITF.

"For 20 years, the US Open USTA Wheelchair Tennis Championships, a premier international wheelchair tennis tournament, was held in Irvine.

"Mission Viejo was the site of our first junior wheelchair tennis and sports camp in 1980, and the camp continues today.

"There has been a strong relationship between Mission Viejo and wheelchair tennis for so many years and to be able to bring back a major wheelchair tennis event here to Mission Viejo and Southern California is incredible."

ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: "I am delighted that Mission Viejo will become the first city outside Europe to host the ITF Wheelchair Doubles Masters,

"It is fitting that this prestigious event should be staged in a part of the world so closely linked to the history of wheelchair tennis.

"As a strong supporter of doubles play, the ITF is pleased to see the continued success of this discipline within wheelchair tennis."

To see the official tournament website click here.

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