Brad Parks, the founder of wheelchair tennis and one of its biggest promoters, will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame this upcoming July. After being paralyzed during a freestyle skiing accident, Parks developed the sport back in 1980. Since then, wheelchair tennis has grown worldwide and is played at the Olympics, at all four Grand Slams and has its own pro tour with players competing for 1.5 million dollars in prize money.
I had the chance to speak with Parks yesterday about his induction and his thoughts on the game. Continue reading
This year’s announcement of the inductees into the International Tennis Hall of Fame brought a surprising yet well-deserved focus to the sport of doubles and wheelchair tennis.
For 2010, the inductees include the Australian doubles team of Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde, the doubles team of Gigi Fernandez and Natasha Zvereva, Owen Davidson of Australia who earned a career Grand Slam playing doubles and mixed doubles, Brad Parks, a pioneering founder of wheelchair tennis and the late Derek Hardwick who helped usher in the creation of Open tennis and was a past chairman of the British Lawn Tennis Association. Continue reading