Antony Cotterill

YST Antony Cotterill

Biography:

Antony has always been involved in a variety of sports from a very young age but first took up tennis at the age of 13. He first started to play tennis for his secondary school team and continued to play to a reasonable standard throughout his school days but once leaving school he took a break from the sport to pursue other sporting interests. In 2003 he was involved in a life changing accident that left him permanently disabled and wheelchair bound, and it was here that he discovered the sport of Wheelchair Tennis and his love for the sport was reignited.

He was able to progress quickly from being a social player who played for fun to competing in national events and it was here where he was spotted and offered a place on the GB Performance Team which enabled him to become a full-time athlete in 2005.

Over the past 11 years Antony has had a very successful career in both singles and doubles with some of his highlights including winning the World Team Cup (wheelchair version of the Davis Cup) 9 singles titles on the ITF Wheelchair tour and 25 Doubles titles on the ITF Wheelchair tour. He has career high singles rankings of 2 in GB and a singles world ranking high of 5. His career high doubles world ranking is 4.

He is still a full-time athlete and continues to be so until the end of 2020 as a goal of his is to win a Paralympic medal in Tokyo. He also feels he has gained a lot of experience over the years and that sport has helped him to become a better person, overcome many obstacles and challenges and he wishes to inspire young people and to educate them on the many transferable life skills that sport as to offer.

Sporting Achievements:

  • 2016 - Rio Paralympics
  • 2016 - Uniqlo Wheelchair Tennis Doubles Masters World Champion
  • 2016 - French Open Wheelchair Tennis Double Winner.