Defending Australian Open champion, top seed and current world No.1 David Wagner made his class and experience tell in his opening match in the Quad Wheelchair Singles.
By David Packman | Wednesday, 28 January, 2015
Top seed and current world No.1 David Wagner has comfortably won through in his first match of the Australian Open 2015 Quad Wheelchair Singles round-robin stage, accounting for South African wildcard Lucas Sithole 6-3 6-1.
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Like the tennis being played at Arthur Ashe Stadium, wheelchair tennis has become faster-paced with more of a reliance on power.
“It used to be so much slower than today,” said Michael Jeremiasz, a former No. 1 and a winner of eight Grand Slam titles in singles and doubles. “It’s all about speed of shots, speed of movement today.”
Jordanne Whiley, who along with her partner, Yui Kamiji, arrived in Queens with a shot at the Grand Slam in doubles for 2014, said: “There is a lot more topspin instead of flat or slice shots. And the rallies have gotten longer.”
Oh, yes: There are also fewer shots being made after the ball bounces twice.
While the US Open is well underway there's been very little publicity about the wheelchair tennis competition, despite the astonishing success of British Paralympian Jordanne Whiley.
By Nicholas J. Walz, USTA.com
The last 12 months have provided 14-year-old Conner Stroud with a lifetime of memories. In 2013, he gained a measure of celebrity by having the chance to play a few points against former US Open champion Andy Roddick – firing a down-the-line winner as onlookers erupted with cheers. That encounter with a former US Open champ led to another, as Stroud then enjoyed a meet-and-greet with Rafael Nadal at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York during the 2013 event, which was featured in a spotlight on Tennis Channel. Last fall, Stroud, who has Bilateral Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency – PFFD for short and was born without hips, femur bones, knees or ankles, took his first shot at wheelchair tennis, attending the USTA/ITF International Junior Camp in Mission Viejo, Calif.
Beaverton, Ore--Some local kids got the chance of a lifetime over the weekend.
They took part in a wheelchair tennis clinic at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center and the number one quad wheelchair tennis player in the world helped out.
David Wagner was introduced to the game in 1999 at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center.
"I came down, checked it out and fell in love with the sport. Couldn't get enough, just absolutely loved wheelchair tennis." Wagner said during a break in the clinic.
His love of the game is now his life. He trains full-time in California but still has family here.
Wagner has won six medals, three of them gold in the Paralympics. He said he's thrilled to give back and help some youngsters learn the game.
"It's just a way to open people's eyes. To let them know they can do things and good things can come from that every time."
Wagner will compete in Europe most of this summer, before coming home for the U.S. Open in August. He's also working towards the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.
Note: orginial article includes video.
David Wagner was interviewed by Rodger Hedgecock on his online show and featured on the San Diego Union-Tribune's website.
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Only hours after winning his third consecutive Paralympic gold medal and his second medal of the 2012 London Paralympic Games, David Wagner met up with a handful of his closest friends and family to celebrate.