PLAYER PROFILE

Ben Weekes

  • Age37
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Claimed six ITF titles in 2004, with four coming on home soil.
  • Broke into the top 10 for the first time in 2007.
  • Competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
  • Made his Wimbledon debut at the 2012 event.
  • Represented Australia at the 2012 London Paralympics.
  • 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.
  • Most memorable moments have been competing for Australia at the Paralympics in Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012.
  • Loves the Paralympics because of their special significance – they’re only held once every four years and it’s a chance to represent Australia
  • 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

Titles/Finals

Titles

2015 Vancouver International

2013 Hamilton

2012 Gauteng

2011 Hamilton

2010 Adelaide, NZ Open

2009 Christchurch, Melbourne Open

2007 Christchurch, Waikato

2005 Olot, Spain, Victorian, Central Coast

2004 Hobart, Waikato, Victorian Hardcourt, Japan Open, NSW Open, WA Open

2003 Hobart, Waikato, WA Open

2002 NSW Open

Finals

2016 New Zealand Open

2015 New Zealand Open

2014 Copa Guga Kuerten

2013 Caloundra, Dallas, Busan, Ontario

2012 Hamilton, Busan

2011 Sun City

2010 Tel Aviv, Seoul, Hiroshima

2009 Waikato

2008 Waikato, Seoul, Daegu, Salzburg, Livorno

2007 Tel Aviv, Bratislava, Livorno, Venice

2006 Cesenatico, Venice

2005 Victorian Hardcourt

2003 NSW Open

2001 Australian Open, South Pacific Hardcourt

Ben Weekes in the news

Davidson and Alcott ousted in Australian Open semifinals
Heath Davidson and Dylan Alcott at AO 2022. Picture: Getty Images
24 January, 2022

Four-time defending champions Heath Davidson and Dylan Alcott have exited in the quad wheelchair doubles semifinals at Australian Open 2022.
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De Minaur ready to “take it to them” at Australian Open 2022
Alex de Minaur at AO 2022. Picture: Getty Images
24 January, 2022

Alex de Minaur is one of 23 Australian players scheduled to compete on day eight at Australian Open 2022.
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Alcott triumphs in three-set battle in final Australian Open
Dylan Alcott celebrates at AO 2022. Picture: Getty Images
23 January, 2022

Australian Dylan Alcott has survived a spirited challenge from Dutch teen Niels Vink to win his opening singles match at Australian Open 2022.
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World No.1s lead Aussie charge at Australian Open 2022
World No.1s Ash Barty and Dylan Alcott lead the Aussie charge at AO 2022. Pictures: Getty Images
23 January, 2022

World No.1s Ash Barty and Dylan Alcott are among 26 Aussie players scheduled to compete on day seven at Australian Open 2022.
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