Philippe Bédard is headed back to the Paralympic Games, and he’ll be carrying the hopes of Canada on the singles tennis court.
The International Tennis Federation announced the full list of singles entries for the 2016 Paralympic Tennis Event which will take place at the Olympic Tennis Centre in Barra Olympic Park. The singles tennis events run from September 9th to September 16th.
Bédard will be Canada’s lone singles representative, with 26 countries sending representatives for the Men’s Singles event.
The Quebec native is the reigning Canadian champion in both singles and doubles, and is coming off a strong 2015 Parapan Am Games in Toronto where he earned the bronze medal in Men’s Doubles alongside partner Joel Dembe.
“Wheelchair tennis has become one of the most popular Paralympic sports thanks to its outstanding athletes and great personalities,” said ITF president David Haggerty, “and we are looking forward to a great atmosphere and some fierce competition.”
This will be Bédard’s second trip to the Paralympics. In 2012, Bédard picked up 17th-place finishes in both the Men’s Singles and Men’s Doubles events. Bédard lists winning his match to reach the round of 32 in London as a career highlight, something he’ll have an opportunity to top two and a half months from now in Brazil.
Photo by Matthew Murnaghan/Canadian Paralympic Committee