Venue: Olympic Park - Eton Manor
Dates: Saturday 1 September –Saturday 8 September 2012
Medal events: 6
was invented in 1976 by Brad Parks, who had been experimenting with tennis as a
recreational therapy after he was injured in a freestyle skiing competition.
Since these humble beginnings, Wheelchair Tennis has grown at an amazing rate: now
fully integrated into all four Grand Slam Tennis events, and with more than 150
tournaments on the ITF’s own Wheelchair Tennis Tour, it is more popular than
After featuring as an exhibition sport at the Seoul 1988 Paralympic Games, Wheelchair Tennis was introduced as a full medal event at Barcelona in 1992, and has featured at every Games since then. At London 2012, the Wheelchair Tennis events will be played at Eton Manor, a brand new venue in the Olympic Park.
- Ace: A legal serve that the opposing player fails
to touch with their racket.
- Baseline: The far boundary line at either end of the court.
- Lob: A ball hit high in the air, usually deep into the opponent's court.
- Love: No points; zero.
- Tie-break: If the score in games reaches 6-6 in anything other than the deciding set, there is a tie-break, won by the first player or doubles team to reach seven points with a margin of at least two clear points.
is a fast-growing participation sport in the UK. Find out how to get started by
visiting the Tennis Foundation website as well as the
Active Places website, which can help you find a court
near you. Learn more about how to get involved on the Parasport website. The International Tennis Federation, the international
governing body, is another good resource.
The sporting facilities at Eton Manor will be the venue for Wheelchair Tennis during the London 2012 Games.
Name: Esther Vergeer
Date of birth: 18 July 1981
Country: The Netherlands
Esther has an enviable record at the Paralympic Games, with five gold medals from her three appearances. She burst onto the Paralympic scene at Sydney 2000, winning gold in the singles and doubles. At Athens 2004, she won both events again. Beijing 2008 saw her take gold in the singles and a silver in the doubles event. She has been the number one ranked player since 1999.
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