Ben Weekes

  • Age39
  • Born20 September 1984
  • Birth PlaceSydney, New South Wales
  • LivesSydney, New South Wales
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachVernon Cheung

On court

  • Began playing tennis at age five, and wheelchair tennis aged 16
  • Favourite surface is hard court
  • Competed in the Junior World Cup in 2002
  • Captured his maiden ITF title in 2002, winning the NSW Open
  • Represented Australia at the 2004 Paralympics in Athens; went on to compete in four more Paralympics (Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020)
  • Loves the Paralympics because of their special significance – they’re only held once every four years and it’s a chance to represent Australia
  • Claimed six ITF titles in 2004, with four coming on home soil
  • Broke into the top 10 for the first time in 2007
  • Ended every season from 2005-2013 ranked inside the ITF top 20
  • Made his Wimbledon debut at the 2012 event
  • Won biggest career singles title at ITF 2 Series event in South Africa (May 2012)
  • Won seven ITF Futures Series titles across 2021-22, his first professional titles since 2019
  • Finished the 2021 and 2022 seasons at world No.25, his highest year-end ranking since 2018
  • Ultimate ambitions are to win Grand Slam titles, a Paralympic gold medal and to attract more recognition for wheelchair tennis in Australia
  • Favourite tournament is the Sardinia Open in Italy due to the weather, friendly staff and his strong history at the event
  • Won Most Outstanding Athlete with a Disability award in 2013 at the Newcombe Medal, Australian Tennis Awards
  • Favourite player is Gustavo Kuerten; tennis hero is Serena Williams

Off court

  • Enjoys travelling overseas to disadvantaged countries to promote equality and inclusion in the community and in disability tennis
  • Plays the piano and has studied music to a very high level, as well as performing at the Sydney Opera House
  • Brothers are Simon, Scott and Lachlan
  • His mother, Cathy, is a teacher, while his father, David, is an aircraft engineer
  • Favourite city is Sydney, which he loves coming home to after lots of travelling

Ben Weekes in the news

Strong field to contest national wheelchair championships
Heath Davidson in action. Picture: ITF
10 November, 2023

World No.4 Heath Davidson will compete at the 2023 Australian Wheelchair Tennis National Championships, which begin today in Melbourne.
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Australians shine on world stage, with six players winning titles this week
Alexei Popyrin. Picture: Getty Images
31 July, 2023

Twelve Australian players contested finals, across both singles and doubles, at professional tournaments this week.
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Aussies producing impressive results at home and abroad
Storm Hunter and Ben Weekes were among the best performing Aussie players this week.
2 July, 2023

Storm Hunter and Ben Weekes are among the top-performing Australian players on the world stage this week.
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Aussie wildcards stun top seeds at Australian Open 2023
Jason Kubler and Rinky Hijikata celebrate at Australian Open 2023. Picture: Getty Images
25 January, 2023

Aussie wildcards Jason Kubler and Rinky Hijikata have scored a major upset to advance to the Australian Open 2023 men's doubles semifinals.
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