Former marine Jamie Burdekin sustained a spinal cord injury in a car accident in 2000. Shortly after coming out of his spinal unit, Jamie participated on a ski and multi-activity course with Back Up and was introduced to the sport of wheelchair tennis through a session taking place in the Wirral and has played the sport seriously since 2005.
He is a two-time quad singles National Champion and has become a crucial member of Britain’s quad team in the Invacare World Team Cup, the Davis and Fed Cups of wheelchair tennis. He was undefeated when helping Britain to win the quad title at the 2009 Invacare World Team Cup in Nottingham, ending the tournament with victory over American world No 4 Nick Taylor of the United States in the final.
Jamie has firmly established himself as a world top 10 player over the last two seasons, after winning his maiden NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour title in Queensland, Australia in February 2008. Later that year he was selected to represent Great Britain at his first Paralympics in Beijing, where he won a bronze medal in the quad doubles event with fellow Briton Peter Norfolk.
2009 was a tremendous season on the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour for Jamie and he won quad singles events in Britain and the Czech Republic, while also reaching finals in the USA and Switzerland. He chalked up a series of victories over top 10 players during the season and earned a career high world quad singles ranking of No 5 in May 2009.
After having a wrist operation at the end of 2009, Jamie made his competitive comeback at the British Open in July 2010. Jamie won his first tournament since his comeback at the Tennis Canada International Championships in Montreal in September. This was his fifth career quad singles title on the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour and he also added the quad doubles title.
Jamie finished runner-up in his first tournament of 2011, the Melbourne Open before winning bronze as a member of Great Britain’s World Team cup team in the same year and silver in 2012.
Jamie trains at South Ribble Tennis Centre near Preston. Off the court, he is a keen Everton FC supporter and is devoted to his son Charlie and fiancée Kelly.Find out when Jamie is playing and how he gets on by following this link.