Star-Studded Australian Team Prepare For Tennis Worlds

Ten­nis Aus­tralia have announced the play­ers to rep­re­sent their coun­try at the 2018 Inter­na­tion­al Fed­er­a­tion for Ath­letes with Intel­lec­tu­al Impair­ments (INAS) Ten­nis World Championships.

To be held in Paris, France, from 14 – 22 July the Cham­pi­onships will bring togeth­er the best play­ers from around the world.

The Aus­tralian team includes cur­rent world cham­pi­on Archie Gra­ham (men’s sin­gles), Kel­ly Wren and Car­la Lenar­duzzi (women’s dou­bles) and Wren and Dami­an Phillips (mixed doubles).

Queensland’s Gra­ham will be vying for his fourth con­sec­u­tive world sin­gles title hav­ing won in 2015, 2016 and 2017. New South Wales’ Kel­ly Wren will be look­ing for sin­gles title num­ber sev­en. Wren won six con­sec­u­tive titles before los­ing the last two to Belgium’s Han­na Lavreysen.

Between them Wren and Gra­ham have amassed 25 World Cham­pi­onship titles across the sin­gles, dou­bles and mixed dou­bles events as well as numer­ous team titles. Wren on her own has a per­son­al tal­ly of 19 titles.

Gra­ham will turn 25 dur­ing the Cham­pi­onships with the pos­si­bil­i­ty of cel­e­brat­ing anoth­er gold on his birthday.

The 2018 Aus­tralian team will include all mem­bers of the win­ning team from the 2017INAS Ten­nis World Cham­pi­onships in Bolton, Great Britain.

Aus­tralia have dom­i­nat­ed the com­pe­ti­tion for many years. With the excep­tion of Queensland’s Joshua Hol­loway all team mem­bers have expe­ri­enced win­ning a World Cham­pi­onships. Hol­loway has two sil­ver medals and a bronze to his name, and as the cur­rent Aus­tralian dou­bles cham­pi­on (with part­ner Mitchell James) will be hop­ing to cap­ture that elu­sive gold in Paris.

The Aus­tralian team leave for France on 13 July fol­low­ing a two day train­ing camp in Brisbane.

Full Team

Men

Archie Gra­ham (QLD – Newtown

Mitchell James (QLD – Burpengary)

Joshua Hol­loway (QLD – Rockhampton)

Dami­an Phillips (NSW – Coffs Harbour)

Women

Kel­ly Wren (NSW – Engadine)

Car­la Lenar­duzzi (VIC – Camberwell)

Head Coach – Ali­son Scott (Bris­bane)

Man­ag­er – Jay Schuback (Mel­bourne)

The 2018INAS Ten­nis World Cham­pi­onships will take place as part of the INAS Euro­pean Sum­mer Games, organ­ised by INAS Europe. Fea­tur­ing nine sports, the cycling Worlds will also take place.

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