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Finn Broadbent excited to make Australian Open debut | 22 January, 2024 | All News | News and Features | News and Events

Finn Broadbent excited to make Australian Open debut | 22 January, 2024 | All News | News and Features | News and Events

Melburnian Finn Broadbent is a wildcard entry in the Australian Open 2024 quad wheelchair competition.

Melbourne, Australia , 22 January 2024 | Leigh Rogers

Finn Broadbent has many fond Australian Open memories. From watching courtside as his mentors Dylan Alcott and Heath Davidson claimed doubles titles, to witnessing his all-time favourite Roger Federer in action.

The 22-year-old is now set to experience the tournament as a competitor for the first time, after being awarded a wildcard into the quad wheelchair competition this summer.

โ€œGetting the wildcard was sort of a shock at first, but once it sunk in, it was really cool,โ€ Broadbent told tennis.com.au.

โ€œItโ€™s kind of a reward for all the hard work over the years.โ€

Broadbent, a former top-10 junior, lives in Melbourne and trains regularly at Melbourne Park.

โ€œIโ€™m feeling pretty good to be honest,โ€ he said ahead of his making his tournament debut.

โ€œItโ€™s pretty familiar. Iโ€™ve come here for many years as a spectator, and I hit at these courts four or five times a week.

โ€œIโ€™m looking forward to it. I havenโ€™t played in front of many crowds before, so I could get a bit nervous, but Iโ€™m really excited.โ€

The talented athlete hopes to draw on his experience representing Hawthorn in the Victorian Wheelchair Football League to handle any extra nerves.

โ€œLast year was my first full season and I really enjoyed that. Thereโ€™s a lot of contact and I love the competitiveness as well,โ€ he said about playing wheelchair football.

โ€œIโ€™ll be able to lean on a couple of those matches last year in terms of experience in front of crowds, which is nice.โ€

Broadbent, who graduated with a Bachelor of Business at Deakin University last year, plans to make tennis his full-time focus in 2024.

It follows his recent classification in the quad wheelchair division.

โ€œIโ€™d never actually been classified and I was struggling a bit in the open because they are all just so strong,โ€ he said.

โ€œI wasnโ€™t really going to make it that category, but now Iโ€™m really enjoying the competition.

โ€œGetting classified in the quads four or five months ago was when I put the foot down and really trained hard.

โ€œItโ€™s a Paralympic year, so there are a lot of opportunities on offer, but youโ€™ve got to put in the groundwork first.โ€

Currently ranked world No.48 in his division, Broadbent has a busy schedule ahead with tournaments in Thailand, Malaysia and potentially…

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