Esther Vergeer Speaker Profile
Esther Vergeer Biography
Esther Vergeer was born July 18, 1981 and is a Dutch formerwheelchair basketball and current wheelchair tennis player. She is five-timeParalympics tennis champion, eleven-time consecutive world-champion (i.e.winner of the NEC Masters tournament), and has been the world's top rankedplayer since 1999. Unbeaten in singles matches since January 2003, she may bethe most dominant player in any professional sport.
Vergeer became paraplegic when she was 8 years old due to anotherwise successful, very risky surgery concerning hemorrhaging blood vesselsaround her spinal cord. During rehabilitation she learned to play volleyball,basketball, and tennis in a wheelchair. After playing basketball for severalyears at club level, she was invited to join the national wheelchair basketballteam. She played with the Dutch team that won the European championship in1997.
Vergeer had started playing tennis in parallel withbasketball, playing her first international tournament in 1996, and switched tofull-time tennis in 1998. Coached by Marc Kalkman, her first big win was at theUS Open championships in 1998, moving her from 15th to 2nd in the worldranking. During the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney she did not lose a set towin the gold medal in singles and also won the doubles title with Maaike Smitas her partner.
At international tournaments and as of July 4, 2010, Vergeerhas won 142 singles and 124 doubles titles. Her overall record is 589 wins and25 losses in singles, and 398 wins and 31 losses in doubles. Since 31 March2001 she has lost only one singles match (on 30 Jan 2003 at the SydneyInternational to Daniela Di Toro from Australia). Between August 2004 andOctober 2006 she even won 250 consecutive sets, only one of which ended with atiebreaker. Vergeer is currently on a 394-match winning streak.
She has been nominated five times for the Laureus Award forSportsperson with a Disability of the Year, winning it twice in 2002 and 2008.
In October 2010 she posed naked for ESPN The Magazine'sannual Body Issue, marking the first time the magazine has featured a disabledathlete in the Body Issue.
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