Wheelchair Tennis: everything you need to know for the Paralympic Games Rio 2016

Wheelchair Tennis: everything you need to know for the Paralympic Games Rio 2016
Wheelchair Tennis: everything you need to know for the Paralympic Games Rio 2016

Between September 7th and September 18th, 2016 takes place the 15th edition of the Paralympic Games. This year, the most important competition in world sport occurs in the Marvelous City: Rio de Janeiro. Considered by tennis players one of the most important events of the season, the tournament will be played on the courts of the Olympic Tennis Center in Barra da Tijuca.

Built especially for the competition, the Olympic Tennis Centre cost about $ 190 million and has 16 blocks - all cement - arranged in an area of nine hectares. With an imposing capacity for 10 000 spectators, and two other peripheral for three and five thousand seats, the complex was used for tennis contest in August, and will be used later for Football 5-a-side  and Wheelchair Tennis in Paralympic games.

Champions at London 2012

In the latest edition of the Paralympic Games, the competition was held at Eton Manor Club, in London. In the men's single key, the Japanese Shingo Kunieda was crowned champion by beating the French Stéphane Houdet in the decision by two sets to zero, with partial of 6/4 and 6/2. The bronze medal went to Ronald Vink from Netherlands.

In the women's draw, the Dutch tennis player Esther Vergeer confirmed favoritism, consolidating her reign: in total, she won four golds in simple Paralympic Games, and 42 Grand Slam titles. The silver medal went to his compatriot Aniek van Koot, another Dutch, and Jiske Griffioen finished at third.

In the men's quad mode, designed to quadriplegic athletes who use motorized chairs, the Israeli Noam Gershony was the champion by winning the North American David Wagner in the final in straight sets, with partial of 6/3 and 6/1. Nicholas Taylor, also American, took the bronze.

Favorites for 2016

Biggest reference in Brazil, Jose Carlos Morais analyzed: "It's a great opportunity to see the evolution of Wheelchair Tennis. French arrive as favorites but we have to respect the strong Argentine team and Japanese team. Brazil for the first time have four players among men, two female tennis players and two quadriplegics, players with upper limb problems. "

None of the 2012 champions, will be present at Rio 2016. Therefore, the current world number one Stéphane Houdet – silver in London – becomes the favorite in the men's single. In the individual women's draw, the Dutch Jiske Griffioen – leader of the world rankings and bronze in England –  search gold. In the Quad, Australian Dyan Alcott is the favorite for the title.

In the history of the Games, the North American David Wagner is the biggest medalist with six medals in total, three of them are gold. In women, the considered best of all time, Esther Vergeer of the Netherlands possess eight medals: seven gold ando ne silver.

The Wheelchair Tennis tournament in Paralympic Games Rio 2016 takes place between August, 9th and 16th. For the best coverage of world tennis, follow Vavel Brazil.