A tree planting ceremony on World Tennis Day in Turkey
Celebrations for the inaugural World Tennis Day on 4 March included organised wheelchair tennis events in Turkey and South Africa.
In Antalya, Turkey, World Tennis day fell on the penultimate day of the BNP Paribas World Team Cup European Qualification event, where all 12 competing nations took part in a tree planting ceremony.
Attended by a number of local and national dignitaries and special guests, including members of Bayern Munich Football Club, the event brought significant media interest as team members planted trees at the Rixos Lares Hotel, the venue for the BNP Paribas World Team Cup European Qualification, for the second year in a row to commemorate the qualification competition.
Eighteen-year-old Busra Un, Turkey’s No. 1 women’s wheelchair tennis player, reflected on the spirit of World Tennis Day, declaring “I love wheelchair tennis. It is a global language.”
In South Africa, over 80 wheelchair tennis players from three provinces took to the tennis courts in support of World Tennis Day’s aim of promoting tennis and wheelchair tennis and increase participation among young players around the globe.
World Tennis Day celebrations in Gauteng, Limpopo and the Western Cape centred on grassroots level camps and tournaments.
Throughout March, Wheelchair Tennis South Africa will be rolling out 12 regional camps across 46 centres in nine provinces in continued support of World Tennis Day with their own grassroots and central activities to attract new participants to the sport.