Ben Weekes first tasted international success at 17 when he led the Australian team to second place in the junior division at the 2002 ITF Wheelchair Tennis World Team Cup in Sardinia, Italy, and has featured prominently on international courts in the 17 years since.

He was inspired to begin competing in wheelchair tennis after watching David Hall, a legend of Australian sport, win gold at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games, and made his own Paralympic debut just four years later at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, where he achieved a commanding 6-1, 6-2 defeat of Joppie Victor (RSA) in the opening round of the Men’s Singles.

At the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, Ben competed in Men’s Doubles for the first time. Although he and his Australian teammate, Michael Dobbie, were unable to get a win on the board, it proved to be crucial international experience for Weekes, who reached …

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Date of birth
29 August 1984
Sport
Wheelchair tennis
Past Paralympic Games

Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016

Impairment
Physical Impairment – Incomplete paraplegia
How acquired
Spinal blood clot
Residence
Strathfield, NSW
Occupation
Roadshow instructor
Started competing
1999
First competed for Australia
2001
Sport career highlights

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

Heroes/role models

David Hall and Gustavo Kuerten

Disciplines

  • Sport: Wheelchair tennis Discipline: Singles Classification: Open
  • Sport: Wheelchair tennis Discipline: Doubles Classification: Open

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