Esther Vergeer

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Vergeer at the 2010 US Open

Esther Mary Vergeer is a Dutch wheelchair tennis player. Vergeer has not lost a match in singles since February 2003. She has won 39 Grand Slam titles, five Paralympic Gold Medals and 21 Masters titles. Vergeer has been the world number one since 1999. Vergeer is also a former wheelchair basketball player. She was part of the team which won the European Championships in 1997.

Early life[change | change source]

In March 1988 after a swimming lesson Vergeer became dizzy and passed out. Vergeer was just six years old at the time. Doctors found out that Vergeer was bleeding in her head. The bleeding had caused Vergeer to pass out. Vergeer had the blood removed. Six weeks later she went home. Yet the next year in June Vergeer had more headaches. She also had pressure behind the eyes and pain in her neck. The doctors could not find what was wrong. They sent her home. In October, doctors found Vergeer to be bleeding in her head again. They drained the blood. The doctors also found that Vergeer had an Vascular myelopathy. This abnormality caused the strokes that Vergeer experienced. On the 15 of January 1990, after a nine-hour operation Vergeer was unable to move her legs. The operation took place near to her spinal cord. Vergeer had one final operation in March but still could not move her legs.[1]

Wheelchair tennis[change | change source]

Vergeer won her eleventh British Open singles title beating Griffieon in the final. Against Griffieon, Vergeer beat her for the forty ninth time. It was the first time that Vergeer had beaten her without losing a game. The tournament win was Vergeer's tenth US Open USTA Wheelchair tennis championships. Vergeer won her sixth U.S. Open by beating van Koot. Vergeer was good enough to reach both the singles and doubles events at the Masters.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Biography 1981 – 1990" (in Dutch). Esther Vergeer. www.esthervergeer.nl. http://www.esthervergeer.nl/page.php?id=87.

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Preceded by
Daniela di Toro
ITF Wheelchair Tennis World Champion
2000–2010
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
First Award
Female Player of the Year
2001–2003
Succeeded by
Daniela di Toro
Preceded by
Vinny Lauwers
Martin Braxenthaler
Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability
2002
2008
Succeeded by
Michael Milton
Daniel Dias
Preceded by
First award
Jiske Griffioen
Year End Number 1 – Doubles Award
2003–2004
2007–2008 (with Griffioen)
Succeeded by
Florence Gravellier
Korie Homan