Wheelchair tennis: Stephane Houdet wants Paralympic sport to become Olympic event

Former world number one Stephane Houdet is pushing for able-bodied athletes to be allowed to compete in wheelchair tennis in the hope it can become an Olympic event.

Houdet, 46, has already discussed his proposal with other top male players and disability sports officials.

The 20-time Grand Slam wants the sport to be the first to make the transition from the Paralympics to the Olympics.

“It’s about inclusion and taking the sport to the next level,” he said.

“Wheelchair tennis is among the best wheelchair sports professionally, and right now we are in the locker rooms at the US Open with all the other players.

“What we are is grouped relating to who you are and how you are. Why can’t we go further together?”

Rules for both wheelchair tennis and the running game are almost identical. The major difference is that two bounces are allowed in wheelchair tennis before the ball is returned, and only the first bounce has to be in the court.

Twelve-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic tested his abilities in wheelchair tennis