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The first-ever All Abilities Day will be on Tuesday 24 January at the Australian Open 2023.
Rob Fletcher, BSRV Ambassador and Blind and Low Vision Tennis player, said "It is our responsibility to showcase our great sport to the community. This is the first time it has ever happened at any Grand Slam tournament in the world."
Adam Fayad, also a BSRV Ambassador and Blind and Low Vision Tennis player, said “I’m very excited to be part of Tennis Australia’s All Abilities Day at the Australian Open. It is so wonderful that this is happening. Being included in mainstream sport is a big step forward, to allow all people of all abilities to participate.”
Former world No.1 quad wheelchair player and 2022 Australian of The Year, Dylan Alcott joined Tennis Australia’s Head of Players with Disability, Danielle Gescheit, as well as world No.3 quad wheelchair player Heath Davidson, Victorian blind and low vision tennis players Adam Fayad and Robert Fletcher, ATC 2022 II-2 women’s singles champion Olivia Sayers, and deaf and hard of hearing junior player Ryder Smith to make the announcement at Melbourne Park.
[I.D. Banner image shows a group of people at the Melbourne Park outdoor courts are posing for a photo. From left to right - Ryder Smith, Adam Fayad, Dylan Alcott, Olivia Sayers, Heath Davidson and Rob Fletcher with his Guide Dog, Hamish, at Rob’s feet. The court and the surrounding seating in the stands are all blue.]
Preview image courtesy Tennis Australia.