The Inspiration of Esperanza Merry

Esperanza Merry continues to be an inspiration to all of us at iTUSA as she continues her dream of playing tennis.

Luz Esperanza Merry and Lucy Shuker, the Wheelchair Tennis British No. 1, World No. 6 and 2012 Paralympic Doubles Bronze Medalist, continue to excel. Esperanza and Lucy were invited to attend a Great Britain Wheelchair Tennis Open Day to help promote wheelchair tennis. It was a great honor for Esperanza to be invited, and she thoroughly enjoyed her day. It is the mission of Esperanza to help disabled children participate in sports, especially wheelchair tennis. Esperanza is on the Great Britain National Wheelchair Performance Program and is projected by the LTA to be a future Paralympic Gold medalist with the possibility of competing in the 2016 Paralympics in Rio at age 15 and potentially again in the 2020 Paralympics when she will be 19.

Esperanza is progressing so well that she will be selected to the Great Britain Junior Team for the 2013 Wheelchair Tennis BNP Paribas World Team Cup in Turkey in May. This is an under-18 event, and Esperanza will be competing at age 12. She has only been playing for 5 months, but has advanced very quickly. Wheelchair tennis is rapidly expanding, with over 170 global wheelchair tennis tournaments, organized by the International Tennis Federation in Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Oceania. Wheelchair tennis is a part of the 4 tennis Grand Slam events - Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open. The attached photo shows Esperanza with Lucy Shuker & her Paralympic Bronze Medal.