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Paralympic Sports: Wheelchair Tennis

Novak Djokovic tries wheelchair tennis

Serbia’s tennis legend gave the Paralympic sport a try under the guidance of Australia’s Rio 2016 two-time wheelchair tennis champion Dylan Alcott. 12 Jan 2017
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Two men in wheelchairs on a tennis court

Serbia’s tennis legend Novak Djokovic tried wheelchair tennis with the help of wheelchair tennis champion Dylan Alcott.

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By IPC

Serbia’s tennis legend Novak Djokovic tried wheelchair tennis during an exhibition held at the Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne, Australia, as part of the ‘A night with Novak’ charity event, which raised funds for the Novak Djokovic Foundation to help children in his country have access to a quality preschool education.

Australia’s Rio 2016 two-time wheelchair tennis gold medallist Dylan Alcott also took part in the event and explained to Djokovic how to play the sport.

Even though the Serbian struggled to hit the ball properly whilst trying to propel himself in a wheelchair, he managed to do it a few times with the help of Alcott, in front of a crowd that never stopped laughing and enjoying the game.

After the exhibition, the Paralympian posted a photo of himself, Djokovic and a group of people on his Instagram account with the following caption:

“Wow. What an incredible night all for a great cause. Big thanks to the @australianopen for letting me share the court with so many sporting champions, and big love to the man himself Novak Djokovic for being such an incredibly good sport throughout the whole night, needs to work on his leg spin and wheelchair tennis though! #novak #djokovic #novakdjokovic #nightwithnovak”

Wheelchair tennis is one of the fastest growing Para sports in the world and is governed by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

Watch the full video of Novak Djokovic playing wheelchair tennis on 7Tennis’ Facebook page.