Swedish wheelchair tennis pro among elite players in Wheelchair Doubles Masters Nov. 3-7
Peter Vikstrom has always enjoyed playing tennis. So when a car accident in 1996 resulted in the amputation of his left leg above the knee, Peter was determined to play on. A year later, he discovered the sport of wheelchair tennis and has never looked back.
Peter, 38, lives in Pietà, a small city in northern Sweden near the polar circle. He spends multiple hours a week practicing and physically training for the sport. He is among the world's greatest wheelchair tennis players who will compete in the 2015 UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters in Mission Viejo November 3-7 at the Marguerite Tennis Pavilion, 27474 Casta Del Sol.
This will be his first trip to Mission Viejo, which is the only U.S. city to ever host the Wheelchair Doubles Masters.
"Wheelchair tennis is more challenging than 'standup,’ as it adds another part of the game that you have to master," Peter said. "Wheelchair tennis was important because my life did not have to change, and I could continue with the thing I loved the most in my life after my accident. Besides that of course, the experiences of the Olympics and meeting people and cultures from all over the world has been a blessing."
The UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters is the International Tennis Federation’s flagship wheelchair tennis doubles event. First staged in 2000, the season-ending event features the world’s top eight men’s pairs, top six women’s pairs and top four quad pairs. Mission Viejo is hosting the event for the third straight year.
Stay tuned to http://www.wheelchairdoublesmasters.com for updates about the excitement and opportunity to witness Peter and his fellow athletes in action. The matches are all free to the public. See exciting video of the tournament here.
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