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Stéphane HOUDET

Wheelchair Tennis Player
Born in November 1970 on the Atlantic Coast, Stéphane discovers on the beach his "first ball games. He chooses tennis and dreams of Grand Slam titles. At the age of 17 Stéphane begins playing at Roland Garros, whilst also studying to become a vet. It is this career path he chooses when he graduates with a phD. Aged 25 years, he loses the mobility of his left leg in a motorbike accident.He then concentrates on the creation of his own clinic. He discovers in 2000, he has a passion for golf and in a few years he becomes the best European player. An 18 hole game of golf with Johan Cruy! in 2004 changes the direction of his whole life path. In December, his left leg is amputated and he returns to his first passion, tennis, in 2005. A few months later, Stéphane wins his first tournament, immediately qualifying for the French national team. It is the start of the expected extraordinary rise to the top. In June 2012, Stéphane reaches the top by winning the French Open, Roland Garros, and becomes world n°1. His collection of titles also comprises the 3 colours of the games (Gold in Beijing in 2008 and Rio 2016, Silver and Bronze in London in 2012) plus 23 titles in Grand Slam including twice the French Open and twice the US Open in singles.