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Paralympic Sports: Wheelchair Tennis

Macron's tennis tryout

French President joins Paralympic champion to try out wheelchair tennis in Paris. 26 Jun 2017
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man in suit plays tennis in wheelchair

French President Emmanuel Macron showcased his wheelchair tennis skills during Paris' bid for the 2024 Games

ⒸParis 2024/KMSP
By ITF and IPC

It's certainly not something you would see every day - the French President taking to a wheelchair to experience tennis as a para athlete. But that is exactly what Emmanuel Macron did when he joined Beijing 2008 doubles gold medallist Michael Jeremiasz in Paris.

The President also showed his commitment to Para sports, and in particular wheelchair tennis, as he sent congratulatoy letters to the winners of the BNP Paribas Open de France, the fourth International Tennis Federation (ITF) Super Series of the year. The Netherlands’ Jiske Griffioen, Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez and USA’s David Wagner, received the letters after winning the women's, men's and quad's events respectively.

Women’s event

With Griffioen playing just her second tournament since finishing runner-up to Yui Kamiji at the Australian Open and seeing the Japanese player take the world No. 1 spot earlier this month after winning Roland Garros, the Dutch second seed brought Kamiji’s 30-match winning streak to an end after a thrilling women’s singles final.

Ultimately, Griffioen put the seal on a hard-fought 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(3) victory for her second Super Series title of 2017. She also won January’s Sydney International, where Kamiji experienced her first singles loss of the year before chalking up eight successive tournament wins.

Men’s event

Fernandez became the fourth different winner of a men’s singles Super Series title on the 2017 UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour as he gained his first Super Series singles crown in five years.

The world No. 4 denied Great Britain’s world No. 1 Gordon Reid a second straight title at Super Series level after beating him 6-2, 6-2.

Fernandez took only an hour and 23 minutes to wrap up what was just the second Super Series singles title of his career. The reigning Australian Open champion became the youngest winner of a Super Series title when, at the age of 18, he won the 2012 Japan Open.

Quad event

Wagner sealed his eighth BNP Paribas Open de France quad singles title on Sunday. USA’s world No.3 got the better of a series of service exchanges to snatch the opening set of the final. After opening up a 4-2 second set lead, world No. 3 and second seed Andy Lapthorne went on to force a deciding set.

Both players traded games throughout the third set, but Wagner managed to create the all-important break to wrap up a 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 victory after 2 hours and 2 mins of intense competition.

Full results can be found on the ITF’s website.