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Australian Deaf Games - November Update

November 21, 2015
Hi Tennis Pros,
A gentle reminder that  the closing date for tennis entries at the 2016 Australian Deaf Games is 1st December 2015 so be sure to get your entries in soon to avoid disappointment. All the necessary information is on the ADG website at - free public transport has recently been offered to all participants.
The tennis competition is expected to run from Monday 11th January till Thursday 14th January. Matches will be played each day from 9am-2pm so as to allow athletes to go and watch other sports and/or enjoy the social events taking place later in the afternoon and evenings. Thursday 14th January is set aside for the finals with the medal ceremony to follow.
Our event will be held at the Peake Gardens Riverside Tennis Club which is Adelaide's second largest tennis complex and boasts 14 plexicushion tennis courts (same surface as the Australian Open). There will be a canteen operating for the duration of the tennis event.
If you'd like to be considered for selection for the Australian tennis team to attend the 2017 Deaflympics it's strongly recommended you attend the ADG. Hope to see you all there raring to go!
Yours in Tennis
Tennis Convenor
Deaf Tennis Australia

John's Tennis Journey Nets Him A Bronze Medal

November 21, 2015

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After two years of waiting since 2013 Bulgaria Deaflympics, flying down to Melbourne for team training camps plus juggling two jobs and training on top, we were finally off to Nottingham for the first ever World Deaf Tennis Championships!

Fast forward 21 hours on a plane and a 45 minute car ride, I arrived in Nottingham. Having been to non-English speaking countries on the last 4 international deaf tennis trips, it was a little surreal to be on the other side of the world and in a country where I could actually understand the language. Silly, I know but…

The level of organization from venue, accommodation, volunteers, transport, players area, to the food, was the best I’ve ever experienced at the international deaf tennis level. Except perhaps the standard of umpiring but hey, I’m a player so of course I’m biased.

We had 3 days of solid practice, just to check all our games were running smoothly, despite an 2 hour episode in the outdoor bubble courts where we felt like we were inside a greenhouse full of dust! It’s always great to see the players arriving from all over the world, and getting reacquainted with your old friends. On the other hand, it’s a real reminder that it’s time to perform.

Once the Opening Ceremony was over and the draw came out, everyone got serious. No more fun and games.

For my singles, after a bye in the first round, courtesy of my seeding, I was drawn to play Reiki Kajishita who reached the final of the 2009 Taipei Deaflympics. The winner would then play Egor Panyushkin who is the new dominant force in Men’s Deaf Tennis. Talk about a tough draw…

On the day of the match, the conditions were very windy and cold so whoever adapted to the conditions best, would stand a better chance of winning. Unfortunately, that person wasn’t me L I had my chances to take the first set and if I had, who knows how the match would have gone from there? Oh well… doubles still to come.

Our first match was against a Great Britain pair – Nicholas Ansell and Esah Hyat, a junior who I think has a bright future in Deaf Tennis. We had a straightforward win 6-2, 6-0.

Next up was an Indian pair, with one player whose name is so long that it needed to be typed in font size 8 on the daily schedule of play compared to font size 12 for everyone else. We got through with a 6-3, 6-3 win and we were in the semifinals against the French featuring World No.2 Mikael Laurent.

Whilst waiting for our match on Centre Court, the real English weather decided to turn up, which meant we were bumped onto the indoor courts. For some reason, I don’t know if it was the change of courts or waiting around all morning, we came out flat in the first set and the French were all over us, taking it 6-1. We tried our best to spark a revival in the second set and had a few chances to possibly capture it but too many errors on our behalf meant we lost 6-1, 6-4.

Thankfully, we were still in with a chance to win a medal in the 3rd/4th place playoff against the losers of the other semifinal, an American pair who earlier knocked out our boys, Stephen and Jamie in the quarterfinals 7-6, 6-4. Had they won, it could very well have been an all-Aussie affair in the 3rd/4th playoff.

Glen and I conferred with our coach and decided that we weren’t aggressive enough against the French so we would be going all-out in our last match. Not to mention we had to get one back against the Yanks for Stephen and Jamie.

As the match began, we were a little tight as we worked our way into the first set. We kept moving ahead a break, only to drop serve again but fortunately we held on long enough to grab the first set. Our plan was working. Once we had the first set, we started to play even better, increasing the pressure on the Americans and I played my best tennis of the week, serving well and hitting some tough returns.

We ended up crushing them 6-3, 6-0 – a great win as the Americans had beaten the Germans who were the 2013 Deaflympic Mens Doubles Gold Medallists, in the second round.

What a surreal but bittersweet moment – my first doubles medal on the world stage with my mother, auntie and uncle in the stands and my father watching from above high.

I hope you enjoyed reading this article as much as I enjoyed playing in the tournament.


John Lui


Australian Deaf Games (Adelaide January 2016)

November 21, 2015
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Aussies Bring Home Bronze from Tennis Worlds

November 21, 2015

In mid-July the Australian Men’s Deaf Tennis team embarked on their trip to the 1st World Deaf Tennis Championships in Nottingham, England, to take on the world’s best from twenty one countries. Arriving four days early enabled the boys to recover from the long flight and adapt to the tournament’s hardcourt surface, official balls and the typically fickle English weather which ranged from sunny warm days to chilly overcast conditions.

After several days solid training under the guidance of team coach Dan Norris play got underway on Monday 20th July with Stephen and Jamie getting the Aussie campaign off to a flying start with comfortable wins in their first round matches. Meanwhile Glen and John had first round byes courtesy of their seedings. Second round matches were a step up in standard as expected with Jamie going down in straight sets against his more fancied German opponent while Stephen fought gallantly against Germany’s top player and gave him a fright in the second set only to fall short in the end.  John took on Japan’s top player who used to be a highly regarded junior and unfortunately lost in two tight sets despite having opportunities to take a first set lead. Glen comfortably accounted for his lower ranked Japanese opponent to remain the sole Aussie left in the singles draw. Next up for Glen was a solid opponent from Austria which he won in straight sets to advance to the quarter final. The singles campaign came to an end as Glen went down in straight sets against his in-form French opponent who then went on to claim the silver medal.

The doubles draw saw Jamie and Stephen team up for the first time and face off against a solid Belgian pair in their first match. After a few momentum shifts and three closely fought sets they scored a confidence boosting victory. On a nearby court Glen and John paired up and easily accounted for their British opponents. Up next for Stephen and Jamie in the quarter final were the Americans who had scored a big upset by defeating the Deaflympics doubles gold medallists however this did not deter the Aussies as they fought to the death only to lose in two tight sets in a fine doubles display. Meanwhile Glen and John continued their successful doubles campaign by accounting for their Indian opponents in straight sets which saw them through to the semi final. Awaiting them were the highly fancied French who proved their class in defeating the Aussie pair in straight sets after a closely fought second set. All was not lost as Glen and John still had the play off for Bronze (3rd place) to come against the Americans. Glen and John adopted some aggressive doubles play to convincingly sweep aside the Americans in straight sets and claim the bronze medal and ensure the Aussie team didn’t return home empty handed.

Coach Dan Norris and the players were in agreement that it was one of the best ever run deaf tennis tournaments in all aspects and very professional in how the organisers went about it. Deaf Tennis Australia would like to acknowledge Tennis Australia’s support for the team’s campaign and looks forward to further success in coming years.

The 2015 Asia-Pacific Deaf Games and the 2017 Deaflympics are the next major international deaf tennis events where Australia will compete.

2016 Australian Deaf Games - Early Bird Rego

June 18, 2015

The Games Organising Committee of the XVII Australian Deaf Games, Adelaide 2016 is excited to announce we have decided to extend the early bird registration due date from 30 April 2015 to 30 June 2015!!

Until 30 June 2015, prices are $155 for adults, $130 for concession and $110 for youth (aged between 13-17). For families, the price is $420 for two adults and two youths and $265 for one adult and two youths. Children aged 12 and under are free. 

The registration cost includes Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Games Hub Entry, Deaf Community Expo Entry, spectator entry to all sports, entry to social/cultural events and a Games Registration Pack. (Bag, Cap, Lanyard, Sponsor items, tourist information, transport information & the Official Souvenir Games Program Guide.)

Sport fees are due by 1 December 2015 for individual sports so you are able to register now to take advantage of the early bird registration and then pay your sports fee later. 

Please contact DTA at if you'd like to be involved in training sessions in your state in preparation for the ADG.

For more information about registering, you can visit If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact Caroline Conlon, the ADG 2016 Event Manager by email on or by SMS on 0401 538 552. 



Photos from 2013 Deaflympics (Bulgaria)