She grew up in a rural South African village and had her left leg amputated when she was 12 years old due to complications from a congenital disorder. But inwhen she was still a teenager, a coach at her high school picked her to play wheelchair tennis at a camp. But she kept training.
Doubles — Quad Mixed Chair control and precision shots Controlling the wheelchair is an essential skill for Paralympic tennis players.
The chair cannot move sideways so players must quickly turn it around a point without bringing either foot into contact with the ground or applying a brake to control its movement. Players have developed a wide range of strokes to move their opponents around the court and to capitalize on the challenges of turning in the chair.
In particular, look for perfectly executed lob shots that sail over their opponent's head to land inside the baseline. The Paralympic programme includes men's and women's singles, quad singles, men's and women's doubles and quad doubles.
Quad players have an impairment that affects three or more limbs and are permitted various adjustments depending on the extent of their impairment, for example by using a powerchair or taping their racket to their arm.
Although players are permitted to pair up with athletes from other countries at tour tournaments, Paralympic events are played by pairs made up exclusively of players from the same country.
A feature of doubles play is the extraordinary level of teamwork and sense of partnership. International rankings are a key element in determining which athletes participate at the Games.
On this day, he blew a tire on the hot court.
Players earn points by competing in ITF tour tournaments to increase their standing. As participation increases, so does the number of elite players.
The sport is also making efforts to strengthen its junior programmes. New stars challenging Dutch dominance The Netherlands is a powerhouse in women's Wheelchair tennis.
Dutch players have contested every Paralympic singles gold medal match, with Esther Vergeer retiring in with a remarkable match winning streak stretching back more than 10 years and seven Paralympic golds under her belt.
Dutch players have been equally dominant in women's doubles, winning every gold medal match.
Jiske Griffioen and Aniek Van Koot won singles gold and silver, and doubles gold when playing together, at Rio , but Japan's Yui Kamiji prevented a Dutch clean sweep by taking bronze.
The medals have been more widely spread in men's Wheelchair tennis.
Japan's Shingo Kunieda became the first to win back-to-back gold medals in men's singles at Beijing and London , while the Rio Games saw Gordon Reid of Great Britain rise to prominence.
In quad events, David Wagner USA has been a consistent medalist since these events were added to the Paralympic programme at Athens However, it was Dylan Alcott Australia who took both singles and doubles honors at Rio Alcott had previously been a gold medalist in Wheelchair basketball.
Question If a quad player is unable to perform a normal overhanded serve, what technique are they allowed to use?