Tennis aces ready to rally

SOME of Australia’s best wheelchair tennis players will smash their way onto the city’s courts for the Bendigo Wheelchair Tennis Festival.

The tournament run by Foundation 97 will see nine-time Australian Wheelchair Tennis Open champion Daniela Di Toro take to the court.

Di Toro is one of Australia’s most seasoned athletes having competed at five Paralympic Games.

To celebrate the tournament City of Greater Bendigo mayor Barry Lyons had a hit with Noel Clarke on Tuesday.  

Foundation 97’s Tracey Clarke said one of the aims of the two-day festival was to encourage more people to get involved with sport.

“The purpose of the festival is to have something in central Victoria for people who are in wheelchairs,” she said.  

“There is very little in the way of tournaments and competitions for them in Victoria so we need to give them another opportunity to come and play.

“We aim to have this as a yearly event.”

Clarke said the tennis event was part of the Lucky I’m Alive festivities, which is a celebration of life.

The tournament will be held on April 5 and 6. 

The 2014 McDonald’s Classic will also be held between April 5 and 9. 

Junior players from  across Victoria are set to play.

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