13th February 2018 13:22:10 Hours
Wheelchair Tennis player, Lance Bombardier D.A.S.R Dharmasena of the Sri Lanka Army Tennis Sports Club secured the men’s singles title beating his Korean opponent Sang-Ho OH in the finals at the Negombo Open International Wheelchair Tennis Championship organized by the Sri Lanka Tennis Association (SLTA) in coordination with the International Tennis Federation (ITF) concluded on Monday (12) in Negombo.
The Negombo Open Wheelchair International Tennis Tournament was held during 9-12 February in Negombo with the participation of wheelchair Tennis players from France, Australia, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Korea, Israel and Sri Lanka.
Lance Bombardier D.A.S.R Dharmasena who is ranked among the world’s top 100 Wheelchair Tennis players, displayed a superb performance on courts during the four-day tournament beating experienced local and foreign players.
According to International Tennis Federation (ITF), wheelchair tennis rankings, Lance Bombardier D.A.S.R Dharmasena is ranked 95 and with this victory he will be able to better his world ranking.
The 28-year Sri Lanka Army player in his short tennis career reached the singles world ranking 91 and doubles ranking 41 in June, 2017. At present, Lance Bombardier D.A.S.R Dharmasena is ranked world number 47 in doubles rankings.
Sri Lanka will host three back-to-back ITF wheelchair events, commencing from the Negombo Open. The much anticipated Sri Lanka Open will be held at the Sri Lanka Tennis Association courts during 14-17 February and followed by the SSC Open during18-21 February. The ITF Wheelchair World Team Cup qualifications too will be held in Sri Lanka during 22-25 February.
Sri Lanka has come a long way in the international wheelchair tennis scene, producing some players among world’s top 100 and the forthcoming four tournaments will provide great experience to local players while allowing them to improve their world rankings.
Wheelchair tennis has become a Paralympic medal hope of Sri Lanka and hosting international tournaments will greatly help to mould Lankan players as international stars.