26th to 30th of July
In 1976 Brad Parks hit a tennis ball from a wheelchair for the first time and realised the potential of this new sport – Wheelchair tennis was born! Since it can be played on any regular tennis court and no modifications to the size of rackets or balls are needed, wheelchair tennis is one of the fastest growing wheelchair sports in the world. Furthermore, it follows the same rules as non-disabled tennis, with the only exception being that the wheelchair tennis player is allowed two bounces of the ball. The ITF established the Wheelchair Tennis Tour in 1992 with 11 international tournaments. Today, due to the rising popularity of the sport, over 150 events per year take place all around the globe.
One of the biggest ITF events in Europe is the Belgian Open in Jambes, Belgium, starting this Wednesday, July 26. It is a gathering of the world’s biggest athletes of wheelchair tennis, as over 100 players will take part in Singles and Doubles events in four different categories (Men, Women, Quad and Juniors) until Sunday, July 30. But not only the size and quality of the tournament are exceptionell. According to the organizers, the tournament bases its success on around 80 volunteers, who „keep coming from year to year“, which creates a very special and familiar atmosphere for players and visitors alike! In offering many different activities for visitors, e.g. to try wheelchair tennis, the tournament committee also tries to sensitize to the issue of disability, so that specatotors get a better understanding of the outstanding performances and dedication of all participants. This is what makes the Belgian Open to more than just an tennis tournament but to an „incredible human adventure“!
The team of Tennis-Ticker is very happy to be part of this adventure and proudly supports the event with a point-by-point live scoring system! Follow all the live scores by clicking the button below or via our App for Apple and Android!