Stefan Olsson

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STEFAN OLSSON

Biography

 

Stefan grew up in Sundborn in the north of Sweden in a small farming community. He was born with a AMC (Artroglyphos Multiplex Congenita) and was initially told that he would never walk or sit up. After 20 operations to straighten his legs he eventually learned to walk and was introduced to wheelchair tennis at the age of 7.

At 13, Stefan competed in his first international wheelchair tennis event, beating the 17 year old no.1 seed on his way to winning the title. Stefan represented his native Sweden in the World Team Cup in 2001 and was a proud member of the national team that was crowned  world champions in 2008. This was a big year for Stefan, who broken into the world’s top ten for the first time, won the singles and doubles masters events and picked up Silver Medal at the Beijing Paralympic Games.

Stefan’s success continued picking up grand slam titles along the way and at the London 2012 Paralympic Games he went one better, winning a doubles Gold Medal.

After the London Games, Stefan reevaluated his career. He also got married and missed the 2017 Australian Open to greet the arrival of his son is. After a short break from the sport he has come back with a vengeance and 2017 was a highlight, winning his first Super Series event in South Africa and picking up the coveted Wimbledon singles crown.

Stefan is excited about the 2018 season and is striving for success at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Click here to see Stefan tip out of his chair during a point at the 2018 Wimbledon doubles final and get back up to win the point.

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