Photo: Bernard PacalinRody de Bie (NED)
Rody de Bie from Tiel in the Netherlands is the latest Dutch wheelchair tennis player to be selected as a special ambassador by ITF Wheelchair Tennis Programme Partner the Johan Cruyff Foundation.
De Bie is one of the ‘14 of Johan’; a campaign that runs from 13 March 2013 until 14 March 2014. The '14 of Johan’ are 14 young athletes who represent the activities and missions of the Johan Cruyff Foundation and the Cruyff Institute: enabling even more children with and without disabilities to play sport.
After a car accident in 2000, de Bie, 18, started playing wheelchair tennis in 2002. He is one of the top five ranked men's wheelchair tennis players In the Netherlands.
De Bie,18, reached a career best junior singles ranking of No. 3 and 2012 was his last season as a junior player. He has reached a career best men's singles ranking of No. 69 so far this season after reaching two men's singles semi-fnials in Swiss tournaments on the 2013 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour.
"It’s my goal to join the international top in 2014 and to participate in the Paralympics in Rio in 2016," said de Bie.
De Bie's fellow Dutch player Tom Egberink was one of ' The 14 of Johan' for 2012-2013.