As excitement builds for Wimbledon 2014, the inaugural Special Olympics European Tennis Day will take place across Europe on Monday June 16th. With more than 2,000 players with intellectual disabilities participating in 200 events across nine countries, European Tennis Day is backed by Tennis Europe and a host of national tennis federations and professional players.
European Tennis Day will be celebrated in Austria, Finland, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Luxembourg, Romania and Turkey. Many European tennis stars have signed up to support the day including Hungary’s Agnes Szavay, Russia’s Anastasia Myskina and Alex Lisiecki, coach to Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller.
Many people with intellectual disabilities lose chances to participate in tennis due to being seen by their peers as ‘different’ or ‘without ability’. The Special Olympics European Tennis Day brings the European tennis community together to create more opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities.
About Maureen Rabbitt: I am Communications Director for Special Olympics Europe Eurasia.