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Australians at the Paralympic Tennis 2012

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Wheelchair tennis is a form of tennis adapted for those who have disabilities in their lower bodies. The size of courts, balls, and racquets are the same, but there are two major differences from pedestrian tennis; they use specially designed wheelchairs and the ball may bounce up to two times. The second bounce may also occur outside of the court boundaries.

Wheelchair tennis is one of the official Paralympic sports and also played at Grand Slams. There are three categories; Men, Ladies, and Quads and each category has singles and doubles tournaments. Quads is the category for those with quadriplegia (defined as an impairment to three or more limbs). Quads players can hold rackets taped to the hand and use electric-powered wheelchairs.

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Wheelchair tennis got started in 1976 thanks to the efforts of Brad Parks from the USA who is credited as the creator of competitive wheelchair tennis. The sport became popular and grew worldwide so fast that it was introduced to Paralympic games for the first time at the 1988 Summer Paralympics in Seoul as a demonstration event. 

It was the 1992 Summer Paralympics in Barcelona that wheelchair tennis acquired the status of a full-fledged competition. The 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney boosted public awareness immensely and it led to the introduction of this sport to the Grand Slams of pedestrian tennis in 2002. 

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The London 2012 Paralympic Tennis Tournament will commence 1 September 2012 and be played at Eton Manor – a new purpose built complex with nine courts. 

Australia will be represented In London 2012 by (L-R)

Daniela di Toro (currently ranked # 6 in the world singles/ #39 doubles)
Janel Manns (ranked #41 singles/ #30 doubles)
Adam Kellerman (ranked #23 singles / #22 doubles)
and Ben Weekes (ranked #19 singles / #17 doubles). All will compete in both singles and doubles.
 
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