More than 4,000 attend Wheelchair-tennis Open in Namur

From July 25th until July 29th, the International Wheelchair Tennis Tournament took place in Namur. More than 4,000 people attended.

As every year since 1988, the best players in the World gathered for a few days in the capital of Wallonia at the Belgian open. Both men and women, as well as juniors competed to win a prestigious award.

Although it is about winning a sports competition, the Belgian open also aims to raise awareness with regards to disabled people in sports.


Wheelchair tennis
By Anna Vasalaki – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Creative Commons

Thursday provided the spectators with the opportunity to compare the skills of both, abled and disabled players.

Belgian Joachim Gérard, one of best players of the World, lost in the final against Argentinian Gustavo Fernandez. The other winners were: Sabine Ellerbrock in singles; Nicolas Peifer and Frédéric Cattaneo, and Dana Mathewson et Natalia Mayara, in doubles respectively.

Several actions which focus on disability are being conducted to help people understand the main points of wheelchair tennis. Visitors were able to try a wheelchair for a few minutes.

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