Daniela Di Toro

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Daniela Di Toro (born 16 October 1974) is an Australian wheelchair tennis player. Di Toro was the 2010 French Open doubles champion and has also been the Masters double champion. In singles Di Toro is the former world number one and two time masters finalist. In 2015, she moved to para-table tennis and represented Australia at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.[1] She was team captain with Kurt Fearnley.

Daniela Di Toro
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2016 Australian Paralympic Team portrait of Di Toro
Full nameDaniela Di Toro
Country (sports) Australia
ResidenceMelbourne, Victoria
Born (1974-10-16) 16 October 1974 (age 46)
Melbourne, Victoria
Turned pro1988
PlaysRight Handed
Career record394–115
Highest rankingNo. 1 (14 July 1998)
Current ranking5
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenF (2002, 2003, 2004, 2011)
French OpenSF (2010)
US OpenF (2010)
Other tournaments
MastersF (1995, 1996, 2010)
Paralympic GamesBronze medal Paralympics.svg Bronze Medal (2004)
Career record256–77
Highest rankingNo. 1 (20 May 1997)
Current ranking48
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenF (2010)
French OpenW (2010)
WimbledonF (2009, 2010)
US OpenF (2009, 2010)
Other doubles tournaments
Masters DoublesW (2000)
Paralympic GamesSilver medal Paralympics.svg Silver Medal (2000)
World Team CupGold medal world centered-2.svg Champion (1999)
Last updated on: 29 January 2012.

Personal lifeEdit

Daniela Di Toro was born on 16 October 1974 in Melbourne, Victoria. She became a paraplegic in 1988 in an accident while competing at a school swimming carnival, when a wall fell on her.[2][3] While in hospital, following her accident, Di Toro met Sandy Blythe, a member of the Australian Rollers. He inspired her to continue to pursue sports. She lives in the Melbourne suburb of Thornbury[4] and she works as a youth worker in Melbourne. She graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture and Herbs) in 2009.[3]

Competitive tennisEdit

In the past I've always been so caught up in my own competition, I've missed out on seeing my friends compete and getting a sense of what people must feel when they're at a Paralympic Games. It's extraordinary.

Daniela Di Toro[2]

In wheelchair tennis, Di Toro is classified as Paraplegic T12/L1. She first started playing tennis when she was nine. She started playing wheelchair tennis in 1988, and started representing Australia in 1989, winning the Australian Open in 1991 – it would be her first of ten Australian Open titles. Internationally, she has been ranked as high as number one.[2] She was once a scholarship holder at the Victorian Institute of Sport.[5] As a professional tennis player, Di Toro has won more than three hundred matches. She is coached by Greg Crump.[4] She trains at the Tennis Centre and Nunawading.[5] Her club tennis is with Wheelchair Sport Victoria.[5]

At the end of the 2010 season, Di Toro was ranked second in the world. During the 2010 season, she reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, semifinals of the French Open and finals of the US Open. In 2010, she won the Japan Open and the Korean Open.[6] In 2010, Di Toro competed in the women's double tennis events at the four major tennis events. Her partners were Lucy Shuker of Great Britain and Aniek Van Koot of Holland.[7] Di Toro was injured in 2011, and had to pull out of the French and Korean Opens because her neck was inflamed. The injury happened while she was competing at the Japanese Open and was a herniated disc.[8]


Di Toro has competed at several Paralympic Games including Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.[2] She won a silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Games in the Women's Doubles event,[9] with Branka Pupovac as her partner. She won a bronze medal at the 2004 Games in the Women's singles event. She competed at the 2008 Paralympics, and was the only female wheelchair tennis player on the Australian team.[2]

Di Toro playing at the 2012 London Paralympics

Kobe OpenEdit

Di Toro won the Kobe Open in 2003 in the women's singles event.[5]


In 2005, Di Toro retired from competitive tennis in order to spend more time studying Chinese medicine. She would end her career with 2 US Open titles, the 2000 Wheelchair Tennis Masters Doubles title, and a silver and bronze Olympic medal. Following her 2005 retirement, she continued to be active in the wheelchair tennis community by coaching young tennis players.

Return from retirementEdit

In January 2007, Di Toro came out of retirement to compete in the Australian Open's Wheelchair Tennis Super Series event where she lost in the first round. She would have more success in doubles, where she made the semi-finals with partner Lucy Shuker. She made her first finals appearance after retirement at Wimbledon in 2009. She would go on to make 6 straight finals including winning the 2010 French Open, beating Esther Vergeer and Sharon Walraven. She also made two finals appearances in singles, at the 2010 US Open and 2011 Australian Open. In 2010, she made the finals of the Wheelchair Tennis Masters in singles.

Table TennisEdit

She is a Class 4 table tennis player. In April 2015, Toro dominated in the C3-5 competition at the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Oceania Para-Table Tennis Championships. This was her first international para-table tennis competition after her move from wheelchair tennis.[10]

At the 2016 Rio Paralympics, she lost both matched in the Women's Singles Class 4 and failed to advance.[11]


In 1999, Di Toro was named the Australian Paralympian of the Year.[2] In 2000, she received an Australian Sports Medal,[12] and in 2001, she was named the Young Victorian of the Year.[13] In 2010, she was nominated as the Most Outstanding athlete with a disability by Tennis Australia.[6] She was appointed team captain with Kurt Fearnley for the Australian Team at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.[14] In November 2019, Batt with Daniela di Toro was named co-captain of the Australian Team at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.[15]

Tennis career statisticsEdit

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)

Grand Slam singlesEdit

**To prevent confusion, this table only includes the events which took place from 2002 onwards at the Grand Slam venues.

2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Australian Open F[16] F[17] F[18] A A 1R[19] 1R[20] SF[21] QF F QF
French Open NH NH NH NH NH A A A SF A
Australian Open NH NH SF[18] A A QF[22] SF[20] SF[21] F SF SF
French Open NH NH NH NH NH A A A W A
Wimbledon NH NH NH NH NH NH NH F F A

Wheelchair Tennis Masters and Paralympic gamesEdit

Tournament 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Wheelchair Tennis Masters
WTM Singles NH NH NH A A F[23] SF[24] A SF[25] RR A A A A A A A A SF F RR
Paralympic Games
Singles - A - - - SF - - - QF - - - SF-B - - - 1R - - -
Doubles - A - - - SF - - - RU - - - ? - - - A - - -


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  12. ^ "Di Toro, Daniela: Australian Sports Medal". It's an Honour. Retrieved 16 June 2012.
  13. ^ "Victoria Day Awards". Victoria Day Council. Archived from the original on 28 March 2018. Retrieved 16 June 2012.
  14. ^ "Fearnley and Di Toro to captain 2016 team". Australian Paralympic Committee News. 4 February 2016. Archived from the original on 11 March 2016. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  15. ^ "Di Toro and Batt to captain 2020 Australian Paralympic Team". Paralympics Australia. 26 November 2019. Retrieved 2 December 2019.[dead link]
  16. ^ "2002 Australian Open". ITF. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  17. ^ "2003 Australian Open". ITF. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  18. ^ a b "2004 Australian Open". ITF. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  19. ^ "2007 Australian Open". ITF. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  20. ^ a b "2008 Australian Open". ITF. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  21. ^ a b "2009 Australian Open". ITF. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  22. ^ "2007 Australian Open". ITF. Retrieved 29 January 2012.[permanent dead link]
  23. ^ "1996 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters". ITF. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  24. ^ "1997 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters 1999". ITF. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  25. ^ "1999 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters 1999". ITF. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  26. ^ "1999 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters 2000". ITF. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jesse Martin
Young Victorian of the Year
Succeeded by
Karen Chatto

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