The Man Who Keeps the Wheels Turning at the U.S. Open


Shingo Kunieda, one of the most accomplished men’s wheelchair tennis players in the world, explains his experience of a chair malfunction that occurred at the first wheelchair match at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Kunieda explains the detailed design of tennis wheelchair, along with the importance of care and maintenance of their equipment.

Universal Design (UD) is an approach to design that increases the potential for developing a better quality of life for a wide range of individuals. It is a design process that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness, and social participation (Steinfeld and Maisel, 2012). It creates products, systems, and environments to be as usable as possible by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability or situation.