Wheelchair tennis action hits Melbourne
Frenchman Michael Jeremiasz has beaten Gordon Reid 6-3 6-3 to win the Melbourne Open.
Frenchman Michael Jeremiasz has beaten Gordon Reid 6-3 6-3 to win the Melbourne Open (17-20 January 2013) at Nottinghill Pinewood Tennis Club in Glen Waverley, Melbourne.
Australian men Adam Kellerman (St Ives, NSW) and Ben Weekes (Strathfield, NSW) reached the quarterfinals before exiting the competition.
In the women’s singles competition Jiske Griffioen (NED) was too strong for her fellow country woman Aniek Van Koot claiming the title with a 7-6 6-4 win.
Melbourne local Luba Josevski reached the quarterfinals and Port Macquarie local Janel Manns made an early first round exit.
The Melbourne Open is an Australian Wheelchair Tennis Tour event which is comprised of the following tournaments:
Queensland Open, 2-5 January, Queensland Tennis Centre & Griffith University Tennis Centre, Brisbane
ITF Be Active Adelaide Wheelchair Open, 6-9 January, Memorial Drive Tennis Centre, Adelaide
Sydney International Wheelchair Open, 11-15 January, Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre, Sydney
Melbourne Open, 17-20 January, Notting Hill Pinewood Tennis Club, Glen Waverley
Australian Open, Grand Slam, 23-26 January, Melbourne Park
Some of the world’s best wheelchair tennis players are in Australia to contest the tour which is run by Tennis Australia in partnership with the Australian Paralympic Committee.
Australian wheelchair tennis legend David Hall (Sydney, NSW) is the ambassador of the 2013 Australian Wheelchair Tennis Tour.
“If I look at it from a player’s perspective the Australian Wheelchair Tennis Tour is a great opportunity regardless of whether you are a local, interstate or overseas player … it’s a great circuit,” said Hall, who dominated wheelchair tennis across the globe for a decade, finishing No.1 in singles for six years between 1995 and 2005.
42-year-old Hall, who enjoyed an illustrious wheelchair tennis career, winning every major title at some time during his career, including gold at the Sydney 2000 Paralympics and silver at the Atlanta 1996 Paralympics, will also mentor the emerging Australian wheelchair tennis talent who will be on the tour this summer.
For more Melbourne Open results please visit: http://www.itftennis.com/wheelchair/tournaments/tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100027724