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Germany’s Sabine Ellerbrock has an incredibly inspirational story. The athlete spent 25 years as a talented tennis player and coach before she picked up a foot infection following a 2007 operation. The surgery caused compartment syndrome, a loss of blood to her muscles and nerves that caused her to lose use of her entire right foot. Thinking she would be forced to quit playing tennis forever, the determined 37-year-old instead picked up a wheelchair and learned how to play on wheels.
Wheelchair tennis is a fixture at the Paralympics and each Grand Slam tournament, in addition to its stand-alone matches throughout the year. Currently ranked the new World No. 1 after her first big win at the French Open, Ellerbrock has inspired thousands across the globe with her perseverance and positive attitude. She’s even trying to raise awareness of the game by reaching out to German tennis players and officials, encouraging more televised matches. No question, she’ll be on a mission to win at the U.S. Open—on and off the court.
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