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Ben Weekes

Ben Weekes

Wheelchair Tennis

Their Journey

"You need to challenge yourself against your opponent and find a way to win. I love the battle."

Ben Weekes

Born on the 20th September 1984 in Sydney, Australia, Benjamin Weekes is one of Australia’s top-ranked wheelchair tennis players for both singles and doubles. Involved in wheelchair sports from an early age, when Ben was just 13 he developed a blood clot in his spine leading him to become an incomplete paraplegic (being able to walk with the help of walking stick).

Soon after his diagnosis, his passion for wheelchair tennis emerged after watching fellow Australian David Hall win gold at Sydney 2000. "I didn't let it stop me from competing in sport. I turned my devotion to wheelchair Tennis and was lucky enough to watch fellow Australian David Hall win gold in the Sydney Games. This helped me to develop the desire to reach the same goal. As I'd already played tennis before my injury, the most difficult part was getting used to the movement in my wheelchair and trying to co-ordinate my hands and arms to both moving and hitting. At the start it was almost too difficult that I wanted to give up. But having the chance to watch the best players in the world compete and seeing the speed and agility that they could achieve helped me to see what was possible and I got stuck in and worked hard until I could do the same or better."

Since then, Ben has recorded a number of impressive tournament results all over the world and first broke into the top 10 position in 2007. Achieving consistent results to retain his position as one of the world’s best, his proudest moments so far have been representing his country, tasting his first success as a 17–year old, and leading the Australian junior team to second position at the World Team Cup in Italy. "Wheelchair tennis has given me so many great opportunities. Being able to travel around the world, keep fit, challenge myself to always find ways to improve and compete at the highest level. I've met so many great people, coaches, training partners, teammates and rivals. But what I like most is that the sport is always changing and you need to challenge yourself against your opponent and find a way to win. I love the battle."

Ben Weekes, Wheelchair Tennis
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When training or competing, Ben Weekes uses the RGK Grandslam Tennis Sports Wheelchair

"I'm so happy and excited to compete in my RGK Grandslam tennis wheelchair with bucket seat. In Tennis, your speed and agility around the court is crucial to your performance and with the new seating position, I can achieve with this design, I'm looking forward to seeing this improvement in my game.""
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Ben Weekes
Ben Weekes

Road to Glory

2016

NZ Open

Doubles

Paralympic Games (Rio)

Singles & Doubles

2015

Midwest Championships

Doubles

NZ Open

Doubles

Vancouver Open

Singles & Doubles

2014

Brisbane International

Doubles

Busan Open

Doubles

Korea Open

Doubles

NZ Open

Doubles

Tuscon Open

Doubles

2013

Busan Open

Doubles

Canadian Open

Doubles

Daegu Open

Doubles

NZ Open

Singles & Doubles

NZ Open

Doubles

2012

Daegu Open

Doubles

NZ Open

Singles & Doubles

South African Open

Singles & Doubles

Texas Open

Doubles

2011

NZ Open

Singles

South African Open

Doubles

2010

Adelaide Open

Singles

Daegu Open

Doubles

NZ Open

Singles & Doubles

2009

Melbourne Open

Singles

NZ Open

Singles & Doubles

2008

Korea Open

Doubles

2007

Israel Open

Doubles

Italian Open

Doubles

NZ Open

Singles & Doubles

Waikato Championships

Singles & Doubles

2005

Central Coast Open

Singles & Doubles

Girona Spain Open

Singles & Doubles

Victorian Open

Singles & Doubles

2004

NSW Open

Singles

NZ Open

Singles & Doubles

TAS Open

Singles & Doubles

WA Open

Singles

2003

Dutch Open

Singles

NZ Open

Singles & Doubles

TAS Open

Singles & Doubles

WA Open

Singles

2002

NSW Open

Singles