Quick Facts

How acquired
Blood clot in spine
Disability
Physical Impairment – Incomplete paraplegia
Sport
Wheelchair Tennis
Date of Birth
August 29, 1984
Home
Strathfield, NSW
Occupation
Roadshow instructor
Games Experience

Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016

Heroes

David Hall and Gustavo Kuerten

Career Highlights

Placing fourth at the 2004 ITF World Team Cup in Christchurch, New Zealand

Bio

First cracking the top 10 in 2007, wheelchair tennis stalwart Ben Weekes continues to impress on the international stage, representing Australia at his fourth Paralympic Games in Rio last year.

Defeating Spaniard Francesc Tur 5-7, 3-6 in the 1/32nd final, Ben was unlucky to be matched with an in-form Stefan Olsson in the 1/16th final, wrapping up his singles campaign 6-0, 6-3.

Teaming up with Adam Kellerman in the men’s doubles tournament, Ben forced a third set against Polish duo Kamil Fabisiak and Tadeusz Kruszelnicki to go down 5-7, 6-3, 3-6.

Ben, who became an incomplete quadriplegic at 13 as a result of a blood clot forming in his spine, was inspired to begin competing in wheelchair tennis after watching Paralympic legend David Hall win gold at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games.

Tasting international success for the first time at 17 after leading the Australian team to a second place finish at the 2002 ITF Junior World Team Cup in Sardinia, Italy, Ben made his Paralympic debut two years later in Athens, where he defeated South African Joppie Victor 6-1, 6-2 in the 1/32nd final.

Returning to Paralympic competition in 2008, where he made his doubles debut with teammate Michael Dobbie, Ben continued to impress on the international circuit, claiming singles glory at the 2009 New Zealand and Melbourne Opens.

Outside of wheelchair tennis, Ben is also a trained pianist and composer, with a performance at the Sydney Opera House already under his belt.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Wheelchair Tennis Disciplines: Singles Classification: Open
  • Sport: Wheelchair Tennis Disciplines: Doubles Classification: Open