Victory at the Australian National Wheelchair Championships has earned Ben Weekes a coveted wild card into the 2023 Australian Open main draw.
Melbourne, Australia, November 18, 2022 | tennis.com.au
Ben Weekes won the men’s singles open title at the Australian National Wheelchair Championships held at Melbourne Park last weekend, securing a wild card into the 2023 Australian Open main draw in the men’s wheelchair competition.
Weekes, 38, played his first Australian Open in 2001 and is looking forward to testing himself again against the best in the world.
“I am very excited to be able to play. They are the best players in the world and it is an incredible opportunity to be able to test your skills against such incredible players,” said Weekes, a five-time Paralympian who is currently ranked No. 25 in the world.
“Usually, for international tournaments like this, you have to fly to the other side of the world. It will be nice to have this one at home and experience the Australian crowds.”
The Australian National Wheelchair Championships featured 35 players from across the country, taking to the courts in the men’s, women’s, juniors and quad divisions. The field included Paralympian gold medalist and world number 3 Heath Davidson and Paralympian Martyn Dunn. Rising stars Saalim Naser, Riley Dumsday and Sally Schwartz also competed.
Queensland’s Naomi Oliver claimed her first national title, winning the women’s open singles championship. She is given a wild card to compete in the upcoming Victorian Open at the Hume Tennis Centre.
“These wild cards give our players an excellent opportunity to compete against the best players in the world on home soil and can set them up for a great year ahead,” said Australian Open wheelchair tournament director Daniel O’ Neill.
“They will only benefit from exposure to this standard of competition, and it gives them an idea of where they sit from an international perspective.”
Winners of the Australian National Wheelchair Tennis Championships 2022
Men’s Singles Open:  Ben Weekes (New South Wales)
Women’s Singles Open:  Naomi Oliver (QLD)
Men’s Doubles Open:  Anderson Parker (NSW)/Ben Weekes (NSW)
Women’s Doubles Open:  Megan Beatty (Vic)/Naomi Oliver (Qld)
Junior Singles:  Ben Wenzel (Queenland)
> See the complete results of the Australian National Wheelchair Tennis Championships 2022
Wheelchair tennis athletes will warm up for the Australian Open in Australia’s Wheelchair Summer Series, which kicks off with the Victorian Open on January 10 before the Melbourne Open at the Hume Tennis Centre.
Australian Summer Wheelchair Series
Victoria Open: 10-14 January 2023, Hume Tennis Centre, Craigieburn
Melbourne Open – January 16-20, 2023, Hume Tennis Centre, Craigieburn
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