From August 23 to 26, tennis fans can catch high quality matches at the Birmingham Canadian Wheelchair Tennis Classic. The highest level ITF wheelchair event in Canada, this tournament will take place at the Ontario Racquet Club in Mississauga.
There will be at least three Top 10 players in each division, men, women and quads, as well as a strong Canadian delegation. Last year, Rob Shaw made a deep run where he eventually lost to Australia’s Heath Davidson in the semi-finals. The Canadian has had a good 2018 so far, notably competing in the World Team Cup in the Netherlands, helping his country to a sixth place finish. His crucial win in the match-up against the host nation secured Canada direct entry into the competition for 2019.
The tournament has great international appeal. In total, 44 players from 16 different countries will be in action. Notable names include Joachim Gerard of Belgium, the Men’s Paralympic Bronze Medalist, the World No. 1 in the quad division David Wagner of the United States and the women’s no. 4 Sabine Ellebrock of Germany. Each year, the Birmingham Classic can count on a strong entry list for various reasons, including the hospitality that the players receive as well as the world class facilities at the Ontario Racquet Club.
Follow along as our players get ready to battle it out in one of the most important competitions on the ITF Wheelchair tennis tour!