Victorians Harry Mezgel and Olivia Sayers have emerged victorious at the Australian Tennis Championships, which took place last week.
Mezgel defeated fellow Victorian William Caldwell 6-3 6-3 to claim the win in the Intellectual Impairment – II-1, Men’s Division 2 competition.
Sayers was crowned champion of the Women’s Down Syndrome – II-2 category, defeating Jane Hopkins 6-3 4-3 (ret.)
Victorian athletes were present in almost every category, as Ryder Smith was runner-up of the Junior Deaf & Hard of Hearing competition.
Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley was at Melbourne Park to present the awards to the champions;
“Tennis is one of the most inclusive sports in the world, and we pride ourselves on being able to provide opportunities for all members of our community to play, compete and thrive in tennis,”
2021 marks the 24th staging of the event, a key initiative in Tennis Australia’s Diversity and Inclusion national pathway.
Congratulations to all our athletes!
Full results are below:
2021 Australian Tennis Championship final results
Intellectual Impairment – II-1 Champions
Men’s: Archie Graham (Qld) def. Mitchell James (Qld) 6-4 6-2
Women’s: Kelly Wren (NSW) def. Breanna Tunny (Qld) 6-2 6-3
Men’s Division 2: Harry Mezger (Vic) def. William Caldwell (Vic) 6-3 6-3
Junior PWII Open’s event: Luke Barker (Qld) def. Declan Hobley (Qld) 6-1 6-0
Down Syndrome – II-2 Champions
Men’s: Timothy Gould (Qld) def. Timothy Walsh (NSW) 6-0 6-1
Women’s: Olivia Sayers (Vic) def. Jane Hopkins (Qld) 6-3 4-3 Ret.
Autism – II-3 Champion
Open: Nicholas Young (Qld) def. William Druve (Qld) 6-0 6-0
Deaf Hard of Hearing Champions
Open: John Lui (NSW) def. Ashlee Narker (NSW) 6-2 6-0
Juniors: Ashlee Narker (NSW) def. Ryder Smith (Vic) 6-0 6-0