The Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Paralympic Games is on Wednesday, 29 August 2012.
Thailand's top tennis patron Kuhn Arth Nana gathered a few close friends this week to honor the top wheel chair tennis players who will represent their country in London at the Paralympic Games.
Sakhorn Khanthasit (ITF #42, ATF #3). K Sakhorn was gold medalist at the 6th Asian Para Games held last year in Indonesia.
Suwitchai Merngprom (ITF #60 , ATF #14), K. Suwitchai was on the winning doubles team at the World Team Cup in South Africa.
Suthi Klongrua (ITF #92). K. Suthi was winner of the Men's #1 Singles match at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup this past May.
The BNP Paribas World Team Cup is the wheelchair tennis equivalent of the Davis Cup and Fed Cup.
We at BangkokTennis.net wish the players well in their upcoming Olympic Games.
Photos: from the 'not so steady' hand of Frank M.
July 2011 from AsianTennis.com
It is interesting to note 'how few' tournaments Thai players have entered and how high their respective rankings are... very impressive.
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Sri Lanka and Thailand earned their places in Men's World Group 2 and the Women's World Group respectively at May's 2012 BNP Paribas World Team Cup when they won Sunday's play-offs at the Pre-qualification event for Asia/Oceania in India.
Top seeds Sri Lanka, who topped the men's round-robin group in New Delhi, defeated second seeds Malaysia for the second time in three days at the R. K. Khanna Tennis Stadium to gain a place in World Group 2 for the BNP Paribas World Team Cup in Seoul, Korea, which will be the first to be staged in Asia.
Dissanayake Gamini overcame Kee King Kong 62 61 and Upali Rajakaruna put the victory beyond doubt when he also beat Abu Samah Borhan 62 61, giving Sri Lanka a 2-0 win.
Thailand also lived up to their top seeding for the women's qualification event, also beating second seeds and former World Team Cup champions Australia for the second time in three days in the decisive play-off. Thailand wrapped up a 2-1 victory.
The closest singles rubber of any of those played over the four days of the women's event ended with Chusri Inthanin defeating Australian Luba Josevski 64 62, before former world No. 6 Sakhorn Khanthasit beat Janel Manns 6 0 6 0 to give Thailand an unassailable lead.
Eight nations will now contest the men's and women's qualifying competition for the Americas, which takes place in Mexico City on 20-24 February. The men's and women's draws are available below.
The qualifying competitions for Africa and Europe will both begin later in the month in Kenya and Turkey respectively.
Women's Tennis Team Grab First Gold for Thailand
SOLO, INDONESIA : The women's wheelchair tennis team won Thailand's first gold medal at the sixth Asean Para Games yesterday. Thai tennis wheelchair players, from left, Sakhon Khantasit, Chanhom Masai-or, Rattana Techamaneerat and Chusri Intanin win gold in the women’s team event yesterday comfortably beating Indonesia 3-0 in the final.
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