"I am delighted to be an ambassador for wheelchair tennis. I became the tournament director of an event in memory of my friend Santi Silvas, and have established a foundation specifically to promote the sport. I hope I can help raise the profile of this exciting part of tennis."
- Tommy Robredo
Robredo is a professional tennis player from Spain who first broke into the world’s Top 10 in 2006. His highest singles ranking to date is No. 5, which he also reached in 2006, soon after winning the Hamburg Masters.
Robredo’s best finish in a Grand Slam is the quarterfinals, achieved four times at Roland Garros and once at the Australian Open. He has won ten singles titles on the ATP World Tour and has finished in the world’s Top 50 for a decade. He has represented Spain in Davis Cup since 2002 and played in the team that defeated USA in the 2004 Final in Seville.
At the start of 2009, Robredo also established a new aim for himself – setting up a foundation to help people with disabilities who want to play tennis. Tommy’s aim was to complete the dream of his good friend Santi Silvas, who passed away in early 2008, which was to organise a disabled person’s tournament in Olot, to have a similar role as the Godo has for the ATP circuit. He is the Tournament Director of an event on the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour in Olot at the Memorial Santi Silvas, that has been running since 2010.
Robredo is still active on the ATP Tour and in 2011 won the first singles clay-court title of the year in Santiago. He also won the doubles title in Aukland with compatriot Marcel Granollers. He was also one of 12 inaugral winners of the ATP's Aces for Charity grant.
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