For the second year in a row, Florida’s own Brittany Tagliareni and unified partner Liam Gomez took home the top trophy at the 2019 USTA Adaptive National Championships held at the USTA National Campus Oct. 12-13, 2019.

20 teams from 11 USTA Sections participated in the 2019 Adaptive National Championships. The event featured unified doubles, with one athlete (a player with an intellectual disability or special needs) teaming up with a unified partner (a player without an intellectual disability). Each team competed against one another in round-robin play, and winners were determined by which team won the most games in timed matches.

Two teams represented USTA Florida in the tournament: Special Olympics athlete Brittany Tagliareni and partner Liam Gomez who were the winners of the inaugural event in 2018, and Special Olympics athlete Brett Williams and partner Howard Chodak. Both teams advanced to the national championships following a qualifier event in September.

Tagliareni/Gomez and Williams/Chodak both placed first in their groups and advanced to the championship playoffs, where Tagliareni/Gomez took first place and secured back-to-back championship titles in the event. Williams/Chodak finished in fourth place.

“It was an honor to play in this tournament again and I really enjoy getting to play with Liam,” said Tagliareni after the event. 

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