Rio 2016 Preview: Wheelchair Tennis

Sport: Wheelchair Tennis

Events: Six (Two men’s, Two women’s, Two mixed)

Classification: Players are either in the open classification or the quad classification based on their impairment.

Venue:  Olympic Tennis Center

Athlete Quota: 114

International Federation: International Tennis Federation (ITF)

Preview

The big news in the last four years has been the retirement of Esther Vergeer the Dutch legend who claimed the last four Paralympic gold medals. That has opened up the women’s field which will likely see another Dutch woman win, with three Dutch tennis players all strong medal hopefuls.

The men’s singles tournament seems to be a two horse battle between two men who have dominated the past four years. Japan’s Shingo Kunieda did the season Grand Slam in 2014, but injury has slowed him down opening the door for British tennis player Gordon Reid.

Quad looks to be Dylan Alcott’s to lose as the Australian has been dominant in recent years, coming in having won three grand slam titles last year. For the doubles quad event, the American pair has continued to dominate and will seek gold in Rio.

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