Toronto 2015 preview: Wheelchair tennis

Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez will be aiming for his second successive singles gold in Toronto. 07 Aug 2015
Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina

Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina in action in his match against Shingo Kunieda of Japan in Men's Wheelchair Singles - Semifinals during the Australian Open 2015 Wheelchair Championships

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Competition dates: 8-14 August

Venue: University of Toronto Tennis Centre

Athletes: 36

Medal events: 4

Tickets: Adults CAD 20 / U16 & 64+ CAD 15

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The USA led the medal haul at the 2011 Guadalajara games with three gold, one silver, and one bronze. Argentina came in second with a total medal count of one gold and two silver, and Colombia third with one silver and one bronze.

Three players to look out for:

Gustavo Fernandez (Argentina)

Fernandez was just a teenager when he won singles gold at the last Parapan American Games and has since matured into one of the world’s best players. Will be very difficult to beat in Toronto 2015.

Daniel Rodrigues (Brazil)

Potentially the only challenger to a second successive gold for Fernandez, the Brazilian reached a career high of 17th place in the world rankings earlier this year.

Francisca Mardones (Chile)

The left-hander is the top ranked athlete from the Americas but will face a stiff challenge from the USA’s Emmy Kaiser who was a doubles gold medallist four years ago in Guadalajara.

The sport

Open to athletes who have permanent substantial loss of function in one or both legs. The main difference from the rules of able-bodied tennis is that two bounces are allowed in wheelchair tennis.

The venue:

The University of Toronto Scarborough Tennis Centre is where one of the fastest growing para-sports in the world — wheelchair tennis — will be played at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games.

Spectators will experience six days of thrilling tennis competitions full of explosive rallies and sharp court coverage at the venue, which is nestled in the forested trails of the lower Scarborough campus valley.

Thirty-six top tennis aces will compete here not only for a Parapan Am podium finish, but also for the chance to qualify for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The eight brand-new acrylic courts at the University of Toronto Scarborough Tennis Centre, which are designed to be accessible for all ages and abilities as a legacy of the Games, are jointly funded by the Government of Canada and the University of Toronto Scarborough campus.

The courts will also meet International Tennis Federation (ITF) standards.

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