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Ipswich star Archie eyes another world title

Archie Graham receives Tennis Australia's Most Outstanding Athlete with a Disability award from Darren Cahill.
Archie Graham receives Tennis Australia's Most Outstanding Athlete with a Disability award from Darren Cahill. Fiona Hamilton

TENNIS: Ipswich achiever Archie Graham will be vying for his fourth consecutive world singles title when he joins the Australian team this week.

Graham will represent Australia at the 2018 INAS Tennis World Championships in Paris later this month.

He'll be among the best tennis players with an intellectual impairment from around the world.

Graham could enjoy a special birthday present while away. He'll turn 25 during the championships.

He's already won world singles titles in Ecuador (2015), USA (2016), and the UK (2017).

Graham is the City of Ipswich Queensland Times Senior Sportstar of the Year, having won the top award last year.

The Newtown-based sportsman capped that success off by being named Tennis Australia's Most Outstanding Athlete with a Disability at the annual prestigious awards function in Melbourne days later.

Singles representative Graham will be joined in the Australian team by Kelly Wren and Carla Lenarduzzi (women's doubles) and Wren and Damian Phillips (mixed doubles).

Wren, from NSW, will be looking for singles title number 7.

Wren won six consecutive titles before losing the past two titles to Belgium's Hanna Lavreysen.

The 2018 Australian team will include all members of the winning team from the 2017 INAS World Championships in Bolton, UK.

Australia have dominated the INAS Tennis World Championships for many years.

The latest world championships are from July 14-22.

The Aussie team departs on July 13 following a two-day training camp in Brisbane.

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