Two-time Olympian, Grand Slam Champion and West Australia’s adopted son, John Peers, will hit the courts in Tokyo on Saturday when he lines up for the Olympic Men’s Doubles event alongside countryman and Olympic debutant, Max Purcell.
Boasting 24 doubles career titles and a doubles ranking of world No. 25, Peers will lead the charge for the Olympic duo as doubles specialist, world No. 39 (doubles) and 2020 Australian Open Men’s Doubles Finalist, Purcell, dons the green and gold for the first time.
With professional athletes common place in the Peers household, the 32 year-old will be well supported from afar with wife and former professional golfer, Danielle Montgomery; mother and former professional tennis player, Elizabeth Peers (nee Little); and sister and former professional tennis player and Commonwealth Games athlete, Sally Peers, all cheering at home from the sidelines.
Excited to have been selected for what will be his second Olympic games, Peers says it’s a huge honour and privilege to be representing himself, his team and his country in Tokyo.
‘It’s a huge honour anytime you get to represent Australia, especially being able to go to my second Olympics,’
‘It’s something as a child you always dream of and to start saying that I’m going to be a two-time Olympian is giving me goose bumps,’
‘It’s something I’m very privileged to be able to do and I’m really looking forward to the opportunity,’
‘I know every time you pull on the green and gold you’re not just playing for yourself or your team, you’re playing for everyone back home,’
‘To be able to make your childhood dreams a reality is something very special and I know so many people back home are going to be cheering us on,’
Tennis West CEO, Brett Patten, says it’s a wonderful achievement for Peers to have been selected for what will be his second Olympic games.
‘John has become a familiar and friendly face at the State Tennis Centre since he relocated to Perth in 2017 and the Tennis West team are thrilled by his selection to compete in Tokyo,’
‘We see how hard John trains when he’s in using our facilities at the State Tennis Centre and we’re excited to be a part of supporting his professional playing career and Olympic medal bid,’
‘From everyone at Tennis West, we wish John and Max all the very best in the Men’s Doubles event in Tokyo and we look forward to cheering them on from afar.’ Patten said.
WA’s Storm Sanders who line up with Wimbledon Champion and world No. 1, Ash Barty, will join Peers in Tokyo as she takes to the court in her Olympic debut.
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