The finalists of Play Your Way to Wimbledon, powered by Vodafone, had a smashing time at the home of tennis.
Amateur tennis players of various ages and backgrounds have had an unforgettable time on the manicured lawns of Wimbledon. The racket swingers played in the 2023 national finals of Play Your Way to Wimbledon, powered by Vodafone, the largest individual mass participation tennis competition in the UK.
Wheely good performance
Asif Abbasi, 46, from Chigwell in Essex, came out on top in the men’s wheelchair singles. After taking the top prize, he reflected on a memorable week in south-west London: “It’s surreal. I cannot imagine that I’m here, playing here at Wimbledon,” he said.
“I’m really thankful for this opportunity so we can showcase wheelchair tennis, it has the potential to grow more and more, it’s amazing. Wheelchair tennis gave me a second life. I was very down but I feel like I’m alive again and that I have a second chance to live my life.
“It means a lot to me so I’m very thankful to all the people who’ve supported me in my ups and downs, so I’ll be giving the credit to them.”
2023 saw the competition open up to more players with new Visual Impairment, Learning Disability and Wheelchair tennis categories, as well as an able-bodied Adult Doubles pathway.