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Lin Lin
Sep 13th, 2008, 09:25 AM
I watched some wheelchair tennis matches of Paralympics on cctv5 these days, it's really really hard I think, you need to move the wheelchair and strive to hit the ball.All these players show their spirits to us, I admire them so much!:worship::worship:The spirits really inspire me and move me.:):):)

http://images.sports.cn/Image/2008/09/12/2143509288.jpg

http://news.xinhuanet.com/photo/2008-09/08/auto_xinhua_2008090816170620.jpg


http://2008.people.com.cn/mediafile/200809/10/F200809101544261676624623.jpg

http://news.cctv.com/20080912/images/1221208011075_Img214598394.jpg


http://news.xinhuanet.com/photo/2008-09/05/xin_24209050516402812008712.jpg

DutchieGirl
Sep 13th, 2008, 09:32 AM
I'm sure it's very hard (at least at first), and it makes me thankful I am able bodied, because the athletes often get forgotten about and looked over for their achievements by the able bodied population. So it's nice to see threads like this. :)

Esther for gold. ;)

Dodoboy.
Sep 13th, 2008, 10:19 AM
The dutch dominate this event!

DutchieGirl
Sep 13th, 2008, 10:21 AM
The dutch dominate this event!
;) There are a couple of Ok Aussies too, and a couple of French, but yeah not so many nationalities usually do so well in wheelchair tennis.

Ben.
Sep 13th, 2008, 10:32 AM
These pictures are quite inspiring and incredible if you ask me. It just makes you realise that no matter what state you are in, you can still utilise that disability to great use to achieve your goals that even abled bodied people cannot do. Just a matter of having a positive attitude and great work ethic to demonstrate that.

Lindsayfan32
Sep 13th, 2008, 10:48 AM
I've never seen wheelchair tennis but I have seen other wheelchair sports, like quad ruby or murderball as the competitors like to call it and I have assisted with a wheelchair lawn bowls. I admire them for having a go. Their stories are more inspiring than able-bodied body athletes. Good on you for starting this thread. :):worship:

Lin Lin
Sep 13th, 2008, 10:53 AM
These pictures are quite inspiring and incredible if you ask me. It just makes you realise that no matter what state you are in, you can still utilise that disability to great use to achieve your goals that even abled bodied people cannot do. Just a matter of having a positive attitude and great work ethic to demonstrate that.


Exactly what I want to say.:):worship::worship::worship:

ElusiveChanteuse
Sep 13th, 2008, 11:03 AM
I wonder whether there are many long rallies? It seems very difficult to play when you have to move yourself using another hand while holding a racquet to play the ball. I guess if you can hit the ball hard and accurate, so the opponents have no time to move the wheelchair very fast. Just my opinion. And they do deserve more than people expect. Most people would think since they are disabled, their sport would be very easy. But I think it's the opposite. They have to work at least double effort than usual people to play well in their sport.

I hope to see wheelchair tennis. Is there such slip on Youtube?

DutchieGirl
Sep 13th, 2008, 11:09 AM
I wonder whether there are many long rallies? It seems very difficult to play when you have to move yourself using another hand while holding a racquet to play the ball. I guess if you can hit the ball hard and accurate, so the opponents have no time to move the wheelchair very fast. Just my opinion. And they do deserve more than people expect. Most people would think since they are disabled, their sport would be very easy. But I think it's the opposite. They have to work at least double effort than usual people to play well in their sport.

I hope to see wheelchair tennis. Is there such slip on Youtube?
The ball can bounce twice in wheelchair tennis - so they have a bit more time. You can have some rallies that way. :)

améliemomo
Sep 13th, 2008, 11:20 AM
great thread,thank you to spot it cause its so true:worship:
its really inspirational indeed.:)

Dave.
Sep 13th, 2008, 12:14 PM
It's really inspiring what they do, and the tennis is good to watch aswell. I'd say the rallies in general are longer than the main tour. I left the Wimbledon Federer-Nadal final in 2007 to watch some of the wheelchair final and I found it more entertaining. The thing I loved the most was they try so hard.

DutchieGirl
Sep 13th, 2008, 12:17 PM
I've seen some matches at the last 3 Aussie Opens - they are good to watch, and it is very inspiring.

Miss Atomic Bomb
Sep 13th, 2008, 12:27 PM
Cant do splits in wheelchair tennis :sad:

DutchieGirl
Sep 13th, 2008, 12:33 PM
Cant do splits in wheelchair tennis :sad:
Can't do "wheelies" in able bodied tennis.

crazillo
Sep 13th, 2008, 12:41 PM
Wheelchair tennis is great and I agree that they should get more attention in general. So many sports of disalbed people are being overshadowed...

I heard that wheelchair tennis has gotten way more athletic now and therefore it reportedly is getting tougher and tougher. But they often have entertainiun rallies. Haven't watched a match in ages though...

Jusat props to all those people living their dream!!

tennnisfannn
Sep 13th, 2008, 03:24 PM
I havw watched wheel chair tennis before and I cam away wondering of I ever would asay anything was too difficult again. I also watched the blind soccer athens paralympics (this time on t.v) The ball had some kind of bell inside it and the players had to listen for where the ball was, they had to run with their arms stretched out so as not to run nto each other or was that for balance, there was soem kind of device making a sound where the goal was to direct their scoring, how amazing is that.
Back to wheel chair tennis, ball gets to bounce twice but that must be so hard to do chase the ball that is coming at some ridiclous speed and still get abck to the next one. Imagine having to play someone like Jelena, one rally would take all day!!

wales1994
Sep 13th, 2008, 03:31 PM
Why is there quad and just normal wheelchairs??

wales1994
Sep 13th, 2008, 03:34 PM
I've been wtching the paralympics alot mostly cause britain do v.well in it but what amazes me are the blind people swimming and running

Ciarán
Sep 13th, 2008, 04:51 PM
Huge respect for paralympians

DutchieGirl
Sep 13th, 2008, 11:54 PM
Why is there quad and just normal wheelchairs??
I guess for balance. I have seen at the AO most chairs seem to be "tri" wheeled. They have the normal 2, and then one in the middle at the back (much smaller on an "arm" device) to help with balance I assume.