Wheelchair tennis at the 2008 Summer Paralympics

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Wheelchair tennis
at the XIII Paralympic Games
Wheelchair tennis pictogram (Paralympics).svg
Paralympic Wheelchair tennis
Venue Olympic Green Tennis Centre
Dates 8–15 September 2008
«2004 2012»
Wheelchair tennis at the 2008 Summer Paralympics
Date:   8–15 September
Edition:   5th
Location:   Olympic Green Tennis Centre, Beijing
Champions
Men's Singles
 Shingo Kunieda (JPN)
Women's Singles
 Esther Vergeer (NED)
Quad Singles
 Peter Norfolk (GBR)
Men's Doubles
 Stephane Houdet (FRA) &  Michael Jeremiasz (FRA)
Women's Doubles
 Korie Homan (NED) &  Sharon Walraven (NED)
Quad Doubles
 Nick Taylor (USA) &  David Wagener (USA)
Wheelchair tennis at the Summer Paralympics
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Wheelchair tennis at the 2008 Summer Paralympics was held at the Olympic Green Tennis Centre from 8 September to 15 September.

Classfication[edit]

Players were given a classification depending on the type and extent of their disability. The classification system allowed players to compete against others with a similar level of function. To compete in wheelchair tennis, athletes had to have a major or total loss of function in one or both legs. Quadriplegic players competed in the mixed events, while players with full use of their arms competed in the separate men's and women's events.

Events[edit]

Six events were contested:

  • Men's singles
  • Men's doubles
  • Women's singles
  • Women's doubles
  • Quad singles (mixed gender)
  • Quad doubles (mixed gender)

Qualification[edit]

There were 112 athletes (64–80 male, 32–48 female, depending on the athletes in mixed singles) taking part in this sport.

Medal summary[edit]

Medal table[edit]

This ranking sorts countries by the number of gold medals earned by their players (in this context a country is an entity represented by a National Paralympic Committee). The number of silver medals is taken into consideration next and then the number of bronze medals. If, after the above, countries are still tied, equal ranking is given and they are listed alphabetically.

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Netherlands (NED) 2 3 1 6
2  France (FRA) 1 0 2 3
3  Great Britain (GBR) 1 0 1 2
3  Japan (JPN) 1 0 1 2
3  United States (USA) 1 0 1 2
6  Sweden (SWE) 0 2 0 2
7  Israel (ISR) 0 1 0 1
Total 6 6 6 18

Medalists[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's singles
details
 Shingo Kunieda
Japan (JPN)
 Robin Ammerlaan
Netherlands (NED)
 Maikel Scheffers
Netherlands (NED)
Men's doubles
details
 France (FRA)
Stephane Houdet
Michael Jeremiasz
 Sweden (SWE)
Stefan Olsson
Peter Wikstrom
 Japan (JPN)
Shingo Kunieda
Satoshi Saida
Women's singles
details
 Esther Vergeer
Netherlands (NED)
 Korie Homan
Netherlands (NED)
 Florence Gravellier
France (FRA)
Women's doubles
details
 Netherlands (NED)
Korie Homan
Sharon Walraven
 Netherlands (NED)
Jiske Griffioen
Esther Vergeer
 France (FRA)
Florence Gravellier
Arlette Racineux
Quad singles
details
 Peter Norfolk
Great Britain (GBR)
 Johan Andersson
Sweden (SWE)
 David Wagner
United States (USA)
Quad doubles
details
 United States (USA)
Nick Taylor
David Wagner
 Israel (ISR)
Boaz Kramer
Shraga Weinberg
 Great Britain (GBR)
Jamie Burdekin
Peter Norfolk

Source: Paralympic.org [1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Medallists, Beijing 2008 Paralympic Game, Wheelchair tennis". Official Website of the Paralympic Movement. 2008. Retrieved 2012-11-01. 

External links[edit]