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Jamie Burdekin

In 2003 Jamie was introduced to wheelchair tennis at a Tennis Foundation Wheelchair Tennis camp in Nottingham. In 2004 he made his debut for Great Britain at the World Team Cup in New Zealand.

Jamie won his first major international quad singles title at the Queensland Open in Australia in 2008 and later that year he was competing for Great Britain in his third World Team Cup when he found out he had been selected to make his Paralympic Games debut in Beijing, where he went on to partner Peter Norfolk to the quad doubles bronze medal.

He was also a member of Great Britain’s World Team Cup team that won the quad title in 2009 and 2014 and has also won silver and bronze medals whilst representing Great Britain in the event. Jamie achieved his career high quad singles ranking of no. 4 in April 2014 after beating world no. 1 David Wagner to win his first ITF title at the Cajun Classic.

Jamie made his second Games appearance in front of a home crowd at London 2012, where he came up against the world no. 2 Noam Gershony from Israel. Gershony, who went on to take gold in the quad singles, defeated Jamie after three sets, with a final score of 6-3, 3-6, 3-6.

In recent seasons Jamie has developed a successful doubles partnership with fellow Brit Andy Lapthorne. The duo has beaten American three-time Paralympic quad doubles champions Nick Taylor and David Wagner on a number of occasions. 

Jamie represented ParalympicsGB for the third time at Rio 2016, where he set an unusual record alongside Andy Lapthorne en route to the podium.

Lapthorne and Burdekin emerged victorious in the longest ever Paralympic wheelchair tennis match, to win bronze in the men’s quad doubles.

The match lasted four hours and 25 minutes, but the ParalympicsGB pair kept their heads to beat their Israeli opponents, Itai Erenlib and Shraga Weinberg, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6.

Jamie announced his retirement from international competition in April 2017.

Off the court, he is a keen Everton FC supporter and is devoted to his son Charlie, daughter Beau and fiancée Kelly.

A former Royal Marine, Jamie was injured in a car accident in Liverpool in 2000 when he was 21.

Major results

2016 Rio Paralympic Games
Men's quad doubles
2008 Beijing Paralympic Games
Men's quad doubles

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