Ten thousand steps and more. They practice some of the most prolific tennis, and are finally gaining recognition. For the first time in the history of Roland-Garros wheelchair tennis players played their matches on the Philippe-Chatier courts. It was in this legendary arena that the women’s final between seeded numbers 1 and 2, Dutch Diede de Groot and Japanese Yui Kameiji, was played at the end of the morning on Saturday 4 April. Diede de Groot won (6–4, 6–1), pocketing 25, his third title on Parisian soil. The two players are also facing each other in the final of the Women’s Wheelchair Tennis Doubles.
Among the men, Japanese Shingo Kunida (38), a wheelchair tennis veteran who is already the holder of seven titles in his category at Roland-Garros in singles, defeated Argentina’s Gustavo Fernández ten years his junior in three sets (6-). I was defeated. 2, 5-7, 7-5) after more than two and a half hours of play.
The day before, the two men had already shown their talents to the public (very rare) of Châtier by winning the men’s doubles semi-final, with a score of 7– against the French pair Stéphane Haudet – Nicolas Pfeiffer. 6, 6-1. In the final, the Argentines and the Japanese are up against a British pair, Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid.
Exchange, good humor and candid laughter
the best beyond Exposing competitors to wheelchairs (which also resulted in the 2022 edition of Roland-Garros by a greater number of participants in the women’s and men’s singles events: 12 so far against 8), the tournament was, as in recent years, occasioned. A search day to make the discipline more widely known with “All in a Wheelchair”.
This Friday, June 3, on the clay court of Court No. 9 a stone’s throw from Susan-Lenglen, transformed into four mini-courts, many came to try their hand at wheelchair tennis: children and adults of all ages, able or disabled .
An opportunity for exchange in every sense of the word, in a good mood and sometimes even a good laugh. Some master tennis gestures, but struggle to manage a wheelchair at the same time to get to the ball, while others move around with their everyday “vehicle” but borrowed little with tennis rackets. is taken.
“Racket in hand”, Reminds a young man of one of the teachers present, who flipped his chair to keep it on his knees while pushing with both hands to move toward the ball. We quickly understand the interest of a potential second rebound, the main feature of wheelchair tennis, in terms of rules.
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