Who is Lucy Shuker?
Lucy Shuker is Britain’s highest ranking ladies wheelchair tennis player, who made history at the London 2012 Paralympics winning the first ladies Paralympic medal with her doubles partner Jordanne Whiley. After a 3hour long match with Lucy serving at 2 match points down against the pair from Thailand, Lucy served out an ace to win the match 67, 76, 63.
Lucy graduated from university in 2001 and only a month later was involved in a motorbike accident which left her paralysed from the chest down. After 10 months of rehab Lucy was discharged from hospital and picked up her first tennis racquet in 2003. Competing in her first tournament inTaunton in 2004 she quickly climbed the rankings and is currently the World Number 8 in Singles and World Number 7 in doubles.
She was the recipient of the 2005 Wheel Power Sports Award for the category “Individual Female Achievement Award” beating Dame Tani Grey Thompson in the short list. The 2006 Players Player of the Year award (voted for by the players on the world wheelchair tennis tour), British Disability Player of the Year 2010, Vitalise Woman of Achievement Award 2011. Some of her best tournament results include runner-up at the inaugral Womens Doubles event at Wimbledon in 2009, 2010, 2012, runner up in the 2010 Australian Open doubles, winner of the 2010 Belgian Open in singles and doubles and again in the Doubles 2012, winner of the 2012 doubles in Atlanta, Korea, Deagu, runner – up in the 2010 doubles at British Open, Salzburg Open and US Open (St Louis), winner of the 2010 and 2012 Hilton Head US tournament in singles and doubles, winner of the 2010 and 2011 Canadian International Singles and doubles, runner up in the Camozzi Doubles Masters 2010, runner – up in the 2012 St Louis US Open singles and beating the World No 4 at the Singles Masters 2010 and 2012.
From Fleet in Hampshire, Shuker trains at Blackbrook Tennis Centre in Taunton, Somerset with her coach Natalie Ayton, her strength and conditioning coach James Quirk and massage/sports injury therapist Rob Date, and also at The Royal Berkshire Health and Racquets Club by Virgin. Shuker competed in her first Paralympic Games in Beijing 2008 in both singles and doubles gaining valuable experience and then went on to the London 2012 Paralympics reaching the Quarter-Final of the Singles and winning a Bronze Medal in Ladies Doubles.