31 May 2018

Invictus Games Sydney 2018 welcomes wheelchair tennis

Tennis was a popular sport at Invictus Games Toronto 2017.

Wheelchair tennis is coming to Invictus Games Sydney 2018 presented by Jaguar Land Rover.

“We’re excited to include wheelchair tennis in the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 sporting program,” said Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Chief Delivery Officer, Michael Hartung.

“It’s the ultimate test of agility and precision and is popular with competitors and spectators alike.

“We’re looking forward to building on the great success of wheelchair tennis at Invictus Games Orlando 2016 and Toronto 2017. It provides a wonderful opportunity for those whose recovery and rehabilitation has been inspired and supported by participation in wheelchair tennis,” he said.

The wheelchair tennis competition is being staged at the Sydney International Tennis Centre where play will take place across two days. More details will be released in coming weeks about how people can book a place court side to support the teams.

Open to all competitors, wheelchair tennis is a challenging sport where the court, net, scoring and equipment are the same as the stand-up game. The difference is that competitors are in wheelchairs and the ball can bounce twice instead of once before a return. At the Invictus Games, wheelchair tennis is played in doubles format.

Invictus Games Sydney 2018 recognises the support of Tennis Australia and the International Tennis Federation to deliver this event.

“Tennis Australia has a long history of supporting wheelchair tennis and we are proud to support the tennis event at the Invictus Games in Sydney as well as providing our expert operations team to conduct the event,” said Tennis Australia Chief Executive Officer, Craig Tiley.

“Tennis provides so many life-changing opportunities and we’ve seen how important it can be as part of rehabilitation, both physically and psychologically, for those wounded, injured or ill as a direct result of their service.”

The countdown is on to Invictus Games Sydney 2018 and tickets are available now. Don’t miss your chance to celebrate the healing power of sport and cheer on our wounded warriors over eight days of fierce competition from 20 to 27 October 2018. Be inspired. Be entertained. Be there.