In November 2010 the ITF announced the selection of six Wheelchair Tennis Ambassadors to assist with its promotion of wheelchair tennis worldwide. The new ITF panel of ambassadors is a combination of former wheelchair tennis players and
high profile personalities within tennis who have shown a strong interest in the sport.
The six personalities chosen were:
- Jonas Bjorkman
- Sven Groeneveld
- Tommy Robredo
- David Hall
- Monique Kalkman
- Brad Parks
The ambassadors make themselves available to engage with the media in their own
countries and at key events, such as the Grand Slams, and to assist with the promotion of the sport, which has a rapidly growing international fan base.
“For many years the ITF has sought to develop closer links between wheelchair tennis and
the wider tennis community in order to promote the sport and ultimately expand the base of
players of all ages and abilities around the world,” said ITF Wheelchair Tennis
Manager Mark Bullock.
“The announcement of our six ambassadors is an extension of the invaluable support
wheelchair tennis has received from many key figures within the tennis family since its
inception in 1976 and presents many exciting possibilities. We are extremely grateful for the
support of our ambassadors and the key roles they will undoubtedly play in the continued
growth and evolution of the sport.”
Brad Parks, the founder of wheelchair tennis, said: “The sport of wheelchair tennis has been
such an important part of my life and I am very pleased to be able to give back to the sport
and the ITF. After my accident wheelchair tennis gave me a sport that I could enjoy with
able bodied friends and family, and then as the sport grew it gave me the opportunity to
compete at the highest levels.”
Biographies of the six ambassadors can be found through the navigation panel on the left.