Upali Rajakaruna the best wheelchair Tennis Player in Sri Lanka
Upali Rajakaruna, a soldier, lost his left leg in an LTTE artillery attack in Welioya in 1997. The 35 year-old son of a farmer at Kekirawa, was then attached to the Singha Regiment. He took to playing wheelchair tennis in 2002 at a training program conducted by the Sri Lanka Tennis Association. Barely five years later, Rajakaruna has now become the best wheelchair tennis player in the country. With the highest international rank (102) in the sport, he has been tipped to win the ongoing ITF Wheelchair Open Tournament now on in Colombo.
Pic by Nishan S. Priyantha via The Island