Five-time Paralympic medalist and former wheelchair tennis world champion Chantal Vandierendonck has earned the honor of being nominated to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2014, putting her in the ranks of household names like Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, John McEnroe, Chris Evert, and Billie Jean King.
Vandierendonck, 48, and originally from the Netherlands, was one of wheelchair tennis’s first female stars, winning the first women’s tennis ITF World Championship in 1991 and two times after. She held the world No. 1 player status for 136 weeks total in singles and also was ranked world No. 1 in doubles. She won medals in the 1988, 1992, and 1996 Paralympic Games.
Vandierendonck has used wheelchairs since a car accident injury in 1983; prior to the injury, she was already a nationally ranked tennis player. She learned about wheelchair tennis from an uncle who saw it on TV, and she immediately decided to try it. She became a trailblazer in the sport, inspiring many other athletes to follow.
Located in Newport, RI, the International Tennis Hall of Fame recognizes and honors players and contributors to the sport of tennis with an annual awards ceremony. Vandierendonck is the first woman of wheelchair tennis to be nominated; wheelchair tennis founder Brad Parks was officially inducted in 2010, and paralympian Randy Snow was inducted posthumously in 2012. Snow was also the first paralympian to be inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame.
Vandierendonck will be inducted alongside WTA star Lindsay Davenport, as well as industry leaders Nick Bollettieri, Jane Brown Grimes, and John Barrett. The Class of 2014 Enshrinement Ceremony will be held on July 12, 2014 during the Rolex Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend and in conjunction with the annual Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport, RI.
We at Amramp are thrilled to say congratulations Chantal!
For more information about wheelchair tennis competitions, players, and rankings, visit https://www.itftennis.com/wheelchair/home.aspx
For resources on how you can get into the game at any age or level of ability, visit https://www.usta.com/Adult-Tennis/Wheelchair-Tennis/Wheelchair/
Amramp believes that mobility challenges should never stop individuals from following their passions, and applauds Chantal Vandierendonck’s determination and success in her tennis career.
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