Wheelchair Tennis at Wimbledon in '07

Posted by Ralph | 7:16 AM

Courtesy of the ITF

"This year, for the first time, a wheelchair tennis tournament is to take place at Roland Garros. Following 3 years of exhibitions, the event will host wheelchair tennis in the Masters Series format with the top 8 Women and 8 Men. After having tournaments at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open, Roland Garros is the last of the Grand Slams to include a wheelchair tennis tournament alongside the able bodied event.

Roland Garros Masters Series will take place from 6th until 8th June and will be followed by the Invacare World Team Cup in Sweden the week after.

For more information on Roland Garros Grand Slam click: here."

It's sad to say that Europe, and for that matter, the rest of world, is so much more inclusive of wheelchair sports. That said, it's awesome that w/c tennis will roll out on the hollowed grass of the all England Club.

In other Wheelchair Tennis News:

"Robin Ammerlaan (NED), Esther Vergeer (NED) and Harry Boniface Prabhu (IND) won Sunday's Main Draw Singles finals at the NRMA Insurance Sydney International Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

Top seed Ammerlaan was only a semi-finalist in last week's Australian Wheelchair Tennis Open in Melbourne, losing his World No 1 ranking in the process to Shingo Kunieda (JPN), and the Japanese second seed looked to be getting the better of Ammerlaan in their first meeting of the year when he comfortably took the first set of Sunday's final in Sydney.

However, Ammerlaan regrouped and came back to dominate the latter stages of the match to seal a 26 63 61 victory.

In the Women's Singles final Vergeer came up against fifth seed Korie Homan (NED), the last player to take a set of tennis off Vergeer. However, there was never any danger of Vergeer dropping a set on Sunday as she successfully defended her Sydney Open title with a 62 62 win.

The closest Main Draw final of the day came in the Quad Singles as Prabhu took on Adrian Dieleman (CAN). The two players had finished in the top two positions in their five-way round robin competition earlier in the week, with Prabhu having finished the pool stage undefeated after a straight sets win over Dieleman. However, Sunday's final was a much closer contest, the Indian player eventually prevailing 62 67(8) 76(5)."

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