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I hear wheelchair players say, “The prize money isn’t enough. I can’t live off it. I can’t make my whole life about tennis, where if you are an able-bodied athlete you win millions and it’s easier to make it a full-time job.” I think that’s bulls---. Esther Vergeer

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Unbeaten Since 2003, Wheelchair Champ Retires

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By Ben Rothenberg

  • Feb. 12, 2013

Esther Vergeer did not simply go out on top. She went out after a decade of soaring out of other players’ reach.

Vergeer, a Dutch wheelchair tennis juggernaut, announced her retirement at 31 on Tuesday in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

She retires with an active win streak in singles of 470 matches, her last loss coming a little more than 10 years ago, in January 2003. Vergeer lost only 18 sets during the streak, and she won more than a third of her sets by the score of 6-0. She had 95 6-0, 6-0 victories in her career.

“I’m hugely proud of my performances, my titles and can look back on my career with a great feeling,” Vergeer said. “Keeping going would not add anything.”

Her final tournament was the London Paralympics in September. She captured the gold medal with typical ease, winning 7 of 12 sets in the singles competition by the score of 6-0. It was her fourth Paralympic gold medal in singles, to go along with her 21 Grand Slam singles titles. Although she was not as dominant when sharing the court with a partner, Vergeer also found success in doubles, winning 3 Paralympic gold medals and 23 Grand Slam titles.

“Esther Vergeer is a tremendous ambassador not only for tennis, but also for disability sports,” Francesco Ricci Bitti, the International Tennis Federation’s president, said in a statement. “She is an inspiration to many. Wheelchair tennis owes her a huge debt of gratitude for her professionalism and her quality as a player.”

Vergeer became paraplegic after spinal surgery at 8. Her first forays into wheelchair sports were in basketball, but she picked up tennis at 12 and decided to focus on it in 1998. By 1999, Vergeer had reached the No. 1 ranking.

Vergeer spent 668 weeks at No. 1, including every week from Oct. 2, 2000, to Jan. 21, 2013.

She continued to push to improve even after years of uninterrupted supremacy. In 2009, she began working with the Dutch coach Sven Groeneveld, who coached Monica Seles, Mary Pierce and Ana Ivanovic.

“To work with someone who has been that long undefeated took a little time to adapt,” Groeneveld said. “Because what do you work on? What can be better if you’re undefeated for so long?”

Groeneveld added: “Winning was never really the focus. The growth was the focus.”

In wheelchair tennis, the ball is allowed to bounce many times, instead of once as in standard tennis, to accommodate the players’ often slower changes in direction. But with her anticipation and heavy, powerful ground strokes, Vergeer often hit winners to the back fence before her opponents had time to get in position.

Before her official retirement announcement Tuesday, Vergeer took part in the on-court opening ceremony with Roger Federer at her country’s biggest ATP tournament, the ABN AMRO tournament in Rotterdam.

Federer wrote a foreword for Vergeer’s autobiography, which was released Tuesday to coincide with her retirement announcement.

“She is an astonishing athlete, a huge personality, and she has achieved one of the most amazing feats in our sport,” wrote Federer, a 17-time Grand Slam singles champion.

As part of her announcement, Vergeer read aloud from her book, “Kracht & Kwetsbaarheid,” which is Dutch for power and vulnerability.

Fighting back tears, Vergeer revealed her retirement as she read passages from the last chapter of the book, in which she described her choice to retire. That final decision came last month during the Australian Open, as she watched from the Netherlands.

Vergeer had skipped the tournament, allowing her countrywoman Aniek van Koot to win the title with a dramatic three-set victory, beginning a new era in which other players will be finally able to regularly win titles. Vergeer had beaten van Koot, 6-0, 6-0, in the 2012 Australian Open final.

Vergeer played 73 opponents during her winning streak, but the limited number of elite competitors in women’s wheelchair tennis meant that many of her wins came against just a few opponents. And because the Netherlands has the most successful wheelchair tennis programs in the world, Vergeer was repeatedly beating up on compatriots. The closest call of her streak came on one of the biggest stages. In the gold medal match of the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing, Vergeer faced a match point on her serve at 4-5 in the third set against her countrywoman Korie Homan.

“I was nervous,” she recalled two years later at the United States Open. “Even though you only have 20 seconds in that time, I was thinking a lot of things. About like how my parents would react, or how I would react, or the girl that I was playing would react or the media. Or would I start crying? Or would I have a feeling of relief?”

Vergeer was saved when Homan netted a backhand on her third shot of the rally. Vergeer eventually won the match, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (5).

“It is going to be a relief, sort of,” Vergeer said of a streak-ending loss that will never come. “Yeah, it’s going to be a relief — but I’m not going to do it on purpose.”

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Esther Vergeer: The Most Dominant Player in History

  • May 12, 2020

Paralympic tennis star Esther Vergeer has been hailed the most dominant player in history, thanks to her outstanding professional career. She won every Grand Slam singles tournament which she entered, enjoying an amazing winning streak of 470 consecutive matches, spanning a ten-year period.

As the world’s number one wheelchair tennis player from 1999, until she retired in February 2013, she lost only 25 singles matches during her entire career. Spending 668 weeks as the world’s number one, she first claimed the accolade on 6th April 1999 and regained it on 2nd October 2000, finally relinquishing it on 21st January 2013.

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Vergeer was born in Woerden, Netherlands, in July 1981. She began having health problems at the age of six, when she became unconscious due to a build-up of fluids in her brain. After ongoing problems over the next two years, a nine-hour operation left her paralysed from the waist down, when she was just eight years old.

Initially, she admitted to feeling “moody and sad” when she thought of all the things she could no longer do, such as running and playing outside. However, her parents refused to let her give up, telling her, “This is the situation, we’re still a family, so let’s make the best of it.”

She wasn’t particularly sporty prior to her illness, but during rehabilitation, she began playing tennis, volleyball and basketball in her wheelchair. Initially, she shone at basketball and played with the Dutch national wheelchair team, winning the European championship in 1997.

She realised sport was making her stronger, physically and mentally. It helped her to “find herself” again, she regained her confidence and became more positive and independent. Focusing on keeping one step ahead of her competitors, she always strived to improve herself or her wheelchair.

Tennis career

Vergeer was playing tennis as well in 1996, but less successfully than her basketball career: after winning one singles tournament in Tilburg and reaching a final in Melin, which she lost, she entered plenty of tournaments, but with limited success.

However, fired up by her will to win and indomitable spirit, she continued playing tennis in favour of basketball. She first began to enjoy success in 1998, when she won the Wheelchair Tennis Masters. This was the start of her amazing professional career.

Vergeer played both singles and doubles, winning 695 singles matches, 148 singles titles, four Paralympic singles’ gold medals, 14 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters and 21 Grand Slams. In doubles, she won 136 titles, including 27 at Grand Slams.

With three Paralympic doubles’ gold medals, she has been part of the winning World Team Cup side 12 times. She was also the ITF World Champion for 13 years in a row.

In 2002 and 2008, Vergeer was awarded the Laureus World Sports Award for Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability.

Vergeer won 559 of her last 560 matches, so it came as something of a surprise to fans when she decided to retire in 2013, when she was 32, as she was still at the peak of her career. She was popular because she was never an arrogant champion and instead had a simple desire to always do better.

After retiring, she became known as one of the most dominant athletes in any sport. It’s an accolade which has surprised her. “During my playing days, I wasn’t actually proud of what I did,” she admitted.

It was only after her retirement that she began to become proud of her achievements, but said being a role model for young players still felt “weird”. Realising that other people were inspired by her story was the “biggest compliment” she had ever received.

In her post-tennis career, she has remained involved in the sport. As a big promoter of the increased integration of Paralympic and Olympic sports, currently the two events are separate, but she says it’s her “dream” to bring the worlds of able-bodied and disabled athletes together.

Cancer battle

In January 2020, Vergeer revealed she had been diagnosed with breast cancer and was starting treatment. Like everything else in her life, she has tackled her latest battle bravely and with determination and dignity.

In April, she revealed in an interview that a scan had shown her chemotherapy was working. She said, “I have completed the four toughest courses of chemotherapy, so I am in good spirits for the rest of the treatments.”

Despite her illness, Vergeer is still looking out for the wheelchair tennis players, whose hopes of playing at the Paralympic Games this summer have been dashed, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The games have now been moved to 2021, like the Olympic Games.

Providing a listening ear for the athletes during the COVID-19, she said despite some nervousness among the athletes, they were solving the problems of training at home, which was being done with “a lot of creativity”.

Vergeer led the Dutch Paralympic Team as Chef de mission at the 2018 Paralympic Games in PyeongChang. The summer Paralympic Games are now due to take place between Tuesday 24th August and Sunday 5th September 2021.

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Wheelchair tennis great Esther Vergeer enshrined in Hall of Fame

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NEWPORT, R.I. -- Esther Vergeer put up eye-popping numbers during her career in wheelchair tennis, piling them up as the sport grew and became a Grand Slam event.

Now, her accomplishments will be on display forever after she was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame on Saturday during a 45-minute ceremony on grass courts just outside the museum.

"Tennis transformed me into the very essence of who I am today," said Vergeer, who suffered from a series of strokes as a child, and an operation to address an abnormality in her spinal cord blood supply left her legs paralyzed.

"A testament to the power of perseverance, resilience and determination," she told the crowd. "This moment is not mine alone. It reflects the unlimited support and dedication and love that has surrounded me throughout my tennis career."

A 21-time Grand Slam singles champion and seven-time Paralympic gold medalist, Vergeer held the No. 1 spot in the world rankings for 668 weeks from 2000-13 and won 470 straight singles matches. She won 96% of her singles matches overall, and also claimed 136 doubles titles.

The 42-year-old Vergeer, from the Netherlands, was inducted along with American Rick Draney, 61, who won 12 singles titles and six in doubles before the Slam era of wheelchair tennis and is a pioneer in bringing quad tennis to the sport.

When her career was over, did she ever sit back, pause and think: 'Did I do all that?'

"Yeah, there were some moments," she said, breaking into a brief laugh before smiling after being asked the question at an afternoon news conference.

"Now, again, when people repeat those numbers, I'm like whoa. It all happened so fast that when you're playing you don't realize what the number are," she said. "To look back on my career and see what I did, yeah, it's quite impressive, especially when you see you're unbeaten and to be able to win every time."

But it may take little longer for Vergeer to realize her place in the sport's history in Newport because of all the attention this weekend.

"I'm so busy here," she said. "When I get back on the plane going home, that's when I'll probably realize how big this is. Not only for me, but for tennis as a whole."

Draney has been credited with bringing quad tennis -- a classification that accounts for impairment in the arms, as well -- to the Paralympics and other top tournaments.

"I'm still part of that process and it is happening, in some part, because of my efforts," he said. "I take immense pride in that and satisfaction to know we are where we are now."

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Wheelchair pioneers Esther Vergeer, Rick Draney to be inducted into Tennis Hall of Fame

FILE - Netherlands' Esther Vergeer returns to Netherlands' Jiske Griffioen, not seen, during the women's single wheelchair tennis semifinal match at the 2012 Paralympics, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, in London. Vergeer won the match. Wheelchair tennis star Esther Vergeer will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame on Saturday, July 22. (AP Photo/Raissa Ioussouf, File)

FILE - Netherlands’ Esther Vergeer returns to Netherlands’ Jiske Griffioen, not seen, during the women’s single wheelchair tennis semifinal match at the 2012 Paralympics, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, in London. Vergeer won the match. Wheelchair tennis star Esther Vergeer will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame on Saturday, July 22. (AP Photo/Raissa Ioussouf, File)

FILE - Esther Vergeer of the Netherlands holds her gold medal for winning the women’s wheelchair tennis final at the 2012 Paralympics games, Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, in London. Wheelchair tennis star Esther Vergeer will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame on Saturday, July 22. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

Diede De Groot of the Netherlands celebrates with her trophy after winning the women’s wheelchair singles final match against Jiske Griffioen of the Netherlands on day thirteen of the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Saturday, July 15, 2023. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Jiske Griffioen of the Netherlands in action against Diede De Groot of the Netherlands during the women’s wheelchair singles final match on day thirteen of the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Saturday, July 15, 2023. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

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Esther Vergeer had few role models in wheelchair tennis and limited opportunities when she took up the sport.

Those aren’t problems any more, and she’s a big reason why.

“That was also what I liked about my career, is that I know I was the one that pioneered. I was the one that could explore it all. And I was the one that needed to figure out what the pathway was,” Vergeer said in a telephone interview as she prepared for her induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. “That was also the fun part.”

Vergeer will be added to the Newport, Rhode Island, shrine on Saturday along with American Rick Draney, who won 12 singles titles and six in doubles before the Grand Slam era of wheelchair tennis. Draney has been credited with bringing quad tennis — a classification that accounts for impairment in the arms as well — to the Paralympics and other top tournaments.

A 21-time Grand Slam singles champion and seven-time Paralympic gold medalist, Vergeer began her career in an era when wheelchair tennis wasn’t included in the top events and retired as its most dominant player, holding the No. 1 spot in the world rankings for 668 weeks from 2000-13 and winning 470 straight singles matches. She won 96% of her singles matches in all, and also won 136 doubles titles.

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“She’s a legend of the sport,” current No. 1 Diede De Groot said this month before winning Wimbledon for her 11th consecutive Grand Slam wheelchair singles title and her 111th match in a row — a streak second only to Vergeer’s. “Being in the position that I am now — having a very long streak but still not being nearly to her streak — my respect only grows for her. That she was able to have 10 years in a row where she was just absolutely dominant, it’s a little bit crazy for me to think about that. She deserves all that’s coming to her.”

Vergeer suffered from a series of strokes as a child, and an operation to address an abnormality in her spinal cord blood supply left her legs paralyzed. She also played volleyball and won a European wheelchair basketball championship before devoting herself to tennis.

At the time, the sport was still establishing itself. Although wheelchair singles became an official sport at the 1992 Paralympics, it wasn’t added to the Grand Slam tournaments for more than a decade after that.

“When she was on top of the game, (wheelchair) tennis was still growing so much,” de Groot said. “So she was really at the start of it, when it was growing. So she’s been so important in helping that and helping it start up. She was really part of the foundation for that big growth.”

A sports-loving country that cleans up in speedskating, cycling and swimming, the Netherlands has had little success in tennis: Richard Krajicek (Wimbledon, 1996) and Kea Bouman (French Open, 1927) are the only Dutch players to win major singles titles.

It’s a different story in wheelchair tennis — and especially on the women’s side. The Dutch women have won 18 of a possible 24 singles medals at the Paralympics and all seven Wimbledon singles titles since wheelchair was added to the program in 2016; at the U.S. Open, where wheelchair has been included since 2005, Holland has topped the podium 12 of 15 times in both singles and doubles.

Although de Groot joked that the Dutch success comes from the drinking water, Vergeer praised her homeland for providing equal resources such as training facilities and experts for para and other athletes. That helped make it a pioneer, and the results are still visible.

“Since I was very little, I’ve followed her every step of the way,” de Groot said. “So many people, including me, saw her do all of the things we only dreamed of. She’s been a big influence.”

Vergeer called that “the biggest honor you can ever have.”

“If I can be a role model for next-generation players, that is a big compliment. I wish I had that when I started playing tennis,” she said, adding that newcomers today might be looking up to players like de Groot in the same way. “And at the same time I realize that I am over 40 and maybe I’m not the role model anymore. ... So it’s for the next generation to come to, to make (the) next heroes.”

AP Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich contributed to this report from Wimbledon, England.

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Esther Mary Vergeer (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɛstər vərˈɣeːr]; born 18 July 1981) is a Dutch former professional wheelchair tennis player. Vergeer won 43 major titles (21 in singles and 22 in doubles), 23 year-end championships (14 consecutive in singles and nine in doubles), and seven Paralympic gold medals (four in singles and three in doubles). She was the world No . Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Esther Vergeer has received more than 264,835 page views. Her biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia . Esther Vergeer is the 621st most popular tennis player (up from 644th in 2019) , the 1,076th most popular biography from Netherlands (down from 981st in 2019) and the 14th most popular Dutch Tennis Player .

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Among tennis players.

Among tennis players , Esther Vergeer ranks 621 out of 1,148 .  Before her are Tathiana Garbin , Jonathan Stark , Anna-Lena Grönefeld , Kevin Ullyett , Yan Zi , and Sjeng Schalken . After her are Martin Kližan , Paolo Lorenzi , Gilles Müller , Silvia Farina Elia , Robert Farah , and Tsvetana Pironkova .

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In netherlands.

Among people born in Netherlands , Esther Vergeer ranks 1,076 out of 1,427 .  Before her are Koen Verweij (1990) , Jan Bos (1975) , Sharon Kovacs (1990) , René Meulensteen (1964) , Michael Boogerd (1972) , and Sjeng Schalken (1976) . After her are Robert Verbeek (1961) , Mohamed Ihattaren (2002) , Petra van Staveren (1966) , Gerard Kemkers (1967) , Arnold Bruggink (1977) , and Kevin Hofland (1979) .

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For almost her whole career, wheelchair tennis player Esther Vergeer remained undefeated. Esther won 470 consecutive singles matches , which made her one of the most successful athletes in Dutch sport history.

She started her sport career as a wheelchair basketball player in the mid-nineties, made it to the Dutch national team, and surged to victory in the European championship with her teammates in 1997. Having already played wheelchair tennis at a high level during that period, a couple of months later she chose tennis as her number one sport. Not only did she win the US Open , but also the  Dutch Open and the Swiss Open . Then, she became the world number one and spent 668 weeks in that position.

Apart from all her singles victories, Esther celebrated several wins playing doubles: the first singles and doubles wins that resulted in gold medals at the Paralympics  followed in 2000 (Sydney). She showed her supremacy again the first few years after the Paralympics. The last time she faced defeat was in 2003, where after she triumphed in all her matches . This brought her  five more gold medals at the Paralympics. Winning the last gold medal, during the London 2012 Paralympics, turned out to be her last match in singles tennis.

On February 12 2013, Esther, who was awarded  the Laureus World Sports Award in 2002 and 2008, ended her impressive career. In December 2016, she was awarded with the Fanny Blankers-Koen Career Award , an award for the biggest Dutch sports heroes.

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6x dutch champion (2002, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), 13x world champion (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), 4x paralympic gold medal (singles) (2000 sydney, 2004 athens, 2008 beijing, 2012 london), 3x paralympic gold medal (doubles) (2000 sydney, 2004 athens, 2012 london), 14x winner masters (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), 2x winner of the laureus award (2002, 2008), 5x winner of the jaap eden award (2002, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2010), 1x fanny blankers-koen career award (2016), 2x player of the year award (2002, 2003), grand slams, 6x us open (2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011), 6x roland garros (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), 3x wimbledon doubles only (2009, 2010, 2011), 10x australian open (2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012).

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  3. Go Figure: Esther Vergeer's dominant career in wheelchair tennis

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  4. Wheelchair Tennis Champion Esther Vergeer Retires

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  5. Esther Vergeer Official Website

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  1. Esther Vergeer Full Induction Speech

  2. Esther Rolle's Untold Story, Abandoned House, MYSTERIOUS DEATH and Net Worth Revealed

  3. Esther Vergeer: Working with Sven Groeneveld

  4. Esther Rolle Truly Hated Him More Than Anyone

  5. Esther Vergeer Foundation Tenniskamp 2023 Aftermovie

COMMENTS

  1. Esther Vergeer

    Esther Mary Vergeer (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɛstər vərˈɣeːr]; born 18 July 1981) is a Dutch former professional wheelchair tennis player. Vergeer won 43 major titles (21 in singles and 22 in doubles), 23 year-end championships (14 consecutive in singles and nine in doubles), and seven Paralympic gold medals (four in singles and three in doubles). She was the world No. 1 in women's ...

  2. Meet invincible super woman Esther Vergeer

    CNN —. Esther Vergeer was the world's invincible sporting superstar, unbeaten on the tennis court for 10 years and still at the top of her game. Then one day, while she was sitting on her sofa ...

  3. Esther Vergeer

    Esther Mary Vergeer was born on July 18, 1981, in Woerden, Netherlands. In 1990 she had surgery on her spine to remove excess blood vessels that were affecting her health. The surgery left her paralyzed from the waist down. As she adapted to her injury, Vergeer learned how to play basketball and tennis in a wheelchair.

  4. Esther Vergeer

    Esther Vergeer. Vergeer at the 2010 US Open. Esther Mary Vergeer (born 18 July 1981, Woerden) is a Dutch wheelchair tennis player. Vergeer has not lost a match in singles since February 2003. She has won 39 Grand Slam titles, five Paralympic Gold Medals and 21 Masters titles. Vergeer has been the world number one since 1999. Vergeer is also a ...

  5. Esther Vergeer launches biography at US Open

    The Netherlands's four-time wheelchair tennis Paralympic champion Esther Vergeer has launched her biography 'Fierce & Vulnerable' during the USTA Membership Appreciation Day, at the US Open in New York. For 10 years Vergeer was unbeatable in wheelchair tennis. She went on a 470 match winning streak from January 2003 until her retirement ...

  6. Hall of Fame Rewind: Our conversation with Esther Vergeer, who ended

    Wheelchair champion Esther Vergeer of the Netherlands retired in 2013 on an almost incomprehensible run of 470-straight match victories, dating back to January 2003.

  7. Esther Vergeer

    Early Life. Vergeer was born on July 18, 1981, in Woerden, the Netherlands. When she was 8 years old, she had surgery on her spine. The surgery left her unable to move her legs. As she adapted to her injury, Vergeer learned how to play basketball and tennis in a wheelchair. At first, Vergeer focused on playing wheelchair basketball.

  8. No. 6: Esther Vergeer retires but remains involved

    "There's been so many highlights, but maybe the best match for me was winning the gold medal in Beijing in 2008." When the Netherlands' Esther Vergeer retired on 12 February, she left wheelchair tennis with a winning streak of 470 consecutive matches, 668 straight weeks at world No. 1, eight Paralympic medals and 44 Grand Slam titles.

  9. Esther Vergeer

    Paralympic athlete Esther Vergeer, born 18 July 1981, competes for in Wheelchair Tennis

  10. Wheelchair Tennis Champion Esther Vergeer Retires

    Feb. 12, 2013. Esther Vergeer did not simply go out on top. She went out after a decade of soaring out of other players' reach. Vergeer, a Dutch wheelchair tennis juggernaut, announced her ...

  11. Esther Vergeer: The Most Dominant Player in History

    May 12, 2020. Paralympic tennis star Esther Vergeer has been hailed the most dominant player in history, thanks to her outstanding professional career. She won every Grand Slam singles tournament which she entered, enjoying an amazing winning streak of 470 consecutive matches, spanning a ten-year period. As the world's number one wheelchair ...

  12. Wheelchair tennis great Esther Vergeer enshrined in Hall of Fame

    6d. Wheelchair tennis great Esther Vergeer enshrined in Hall of Fame. Associated Press. Jul 22, 2023, 07:28 PM ET. Email. Print. NEWPORT, R.I. -- Esther Vergeer put up eye-popping numbers during ...

  13. Esther Vergeer

    169 - Vergeer won a total of 169 Tour-level singles titles during her career - another wheelchair tennis record which still stands. 470 - Vergeer ended her career on a winning streak of 470 matches. Her last defeat came against Australia's Daniela di Toro in Sydney on 30 January 2003, after which she won every competitive singles match ...

  14. Esther Vergeer becomes most decorated wheelchair tennis player in

    Today, 30 August 2020, we take a look at Esther Vergeer who became the most decorated wheelchair tennis player in Paralympic Games history. 30 Aug 2020 By IPC. The schedule for Tokyo 2020 has been confirmed, venues announced and while athletes around the world are busy gearing up to qualify for the greatest show on Earth, it's time to enjoy 13 ...

  15. Esther Vergeer: Paralympic Legend

    When Esther Vergeer retired in 2013 she left wheelchair tennis with a winning streak of 470 consecutive matches, 668 straight weeks at world No. 1, eight Par...

  16. Ten Things You May Not Know About Esther Vergeer

    7. What Makes Her Nervous: Despite the fact that people think Vergeer is very confident, she says "new people or situations make me nervous.". 8. If She Wasn't Playing Tennis: Vergeer ...

  17. Wheelchair pioneers Esther Vergeer, Rick Draney to be inducted into

    Vergeer won the match. Wheelchair tennis star Esther Vergeer will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame on Saturday, July 22. (AP Photo/Raissa Ioussouf, File) FILE - Esther Vergeer of the Netherlands holds her gold medal for winning the women's wheelchair tennis final at the 2012 Paralympics games, Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, in ...

  18. Esther Vergeer Biography

    Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Esther Vergeer has received more than 264,835 page views. Her biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia. Esther Vergeer is the 621st most popular tennis player (up from 644th in 2019), the 1,076th most popular biography from Netherlands (down from 981st in 2019) and the 14th most ...

  19. Esther Vergeer Official Website

    Esther Vergeer Official Website. "It is not about being the best, but about becoming the best version of yourself.". . - Esther Vergeer -. BOOK ESTHER AS A KEYNOTE SPEAKER. Welkom op de officiële website van tennisster Esther Vergeer, één van de succesvolste sporters allertijden met 470 ongeslagen tenniswedstrijden.

  20. #ThrowbackThursday: Esther Vergeer

    The Netherlands' Esther Vergeer - a seven-time Paralympic champion with 42 Grand Slam titles - is enjoying her first Paralympic cycle as a spectator. Vergeer took a break from the court after the London 2012 Games, and decided to retire while she was at home watching the 2013 Australian Open. She closed her career on a winning streak of ...

  21. Sports

    For almost her whole career, wheelchair tennis player Esther Vergeer remained undefeated. Esther won 470 consecutive singles matches, which made her one of the most successful athletes in Dutch sport history.. She started her sport career as a wheelchair basketball player in the mid-nineties, made it to the Dutch national team, and surged to victory in the European championship with her ...

  22. Esther Vergeer Interview

    Web edit of exclusive Laureus TV interview with Esther Vergeer, the world's best female wheelchair tennis player. Watch official IPC Video: Esther Vergeer Interview.