Brisbane International Festival of Wheelchair Tennis
The Brisbane International Festival of Wheelchair Tennis is set to launch Australia’s summer of wheelchair tennis over the 4th and 5th January as six elite, internationally ranked players compete in a Men’s Doubles tournament. The competition will showcase the world’s best talent over the two days with the winners and runners up of the tournament providing the Brisbane fans with an exhibition match prior to the semi-finals proceedings on 5th January.
The field will comprise of Stephane Houdet (FRA), winner of 4 Grand Slam singles and 19 Grand Slam doubles titles, Stefan Olsson (SWE), the reigning Wimbledon singles champion and Gordon Reid (GBR) holder of 11 Grand Slam titles will play in the men’s doubles tournament over two days at the Brisbane International. Twenty four year old Gustavo Fernandez (ARG) is the highest ranked and youngest player in the world’s top 10 to enter the tournament (WR 3). He will play alongside Maikel Scheffers (NED), a former Australian Open Champion and Australia’s top ranked player doubles player and Australian champion, Ben Weekes (AUS).
To add to the experience the community will have the chance to participate and engage with the players in a Come and Try and Run and Roll experience, which combines the rules of wheelchair, and able-bodied tennis so all abilities can share, play and compete together.
The entertainment doesn’t end there though. Six times singles Wheelchair Grand Slam champion, Dylan Alcott and Rio Paralympic Gold Medallists, Heath Davidson will both be in attendance providing support for participants at the various community participation events the Festival has to offer as well.
International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is a United Nations sanctioned day held each year on 3 December. It is a day that aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrating their achievements.
Information on how individuals and organisations can get involved in the day and how to break down barriers (both structural and attitudinal) for people with disability can be found on the IDPwD website at idpwd.com.au
How Can You Be Involved
As a part of your registration into this event you will receive the below:
|Friday 4th January|
|Complimentary Ground Pass for you and anyone you register with on Friday 4th January to watch the Men’s Open Doubles group matches|
|Saturday 5th January|
|Complimentary Ground Pass for you and your guests into the Brisbane International|
|Registration to participate within the Come and Try opportunity|
|Viewership of the Run and Roll Exhibition|
|Viewership of the Men’s Open Doubles Final|
|Viewership of the Pat Rafter Arena Exhibition Match from the winners and runners up of the Men’s Doubles Final – This will be played before the Semi-Finals of the Brisbane International|
**Your registration will also provide you with free transportation to and from the car park zone and the playing venue on January 4-5**
Whether you’re a new, current or previous player, come along and join in on what will be a memorable event. Register yourself today for the come and try on Saturday 5th January by clicking here.
Registrations will close on 20th December.