Wroughton Paralympian to commentate at Paris 2024 games

By Ben Carey on 29 January, 2024

Former British wheelchair tennis player Louise Hunt Skelley will be commentating at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. 

Following her successful playing career, Louise, who lives in Wroughton near Swindon, has turned her hand to commentary and tournament directing.

Louise represented Great Britain at the London and Rio Paralympics, represented her country at 13 World Team Cups, and has won 13 senior singles and 41 senior doubles titles, with a career-high world ranking of 10. 

In 2021, she made the choice to conclude her competitive sports career, having successfully accomplished and surpassed all the goals she had set herself. 

As she steps into the commentary booth for the Paris 2024 Paralympics, Louise brings a unique blend of personal experience and professional expertise.

She said, “I’m very excited to be part of the commentary team in Paris later this year and will be watching and sharing my thoughts on the competition between 30th August and 7th September. 

“In my view the players to watch this time are Tokito Oda from Japan who is Britain’s Alfie Hewitt’s biggest threat at present, both contesting for a gold medal. Gordon Reid is also another home favourite to watch not just in the singles, but also alongside Hewitt where they’ll be looking to add to their impressive list of achievements as a double pairing.”

Louise will be in Paris for the Paralympic Games commentating for Channel 4 in the famous Roland Garros site, known for the French Open. 

Not only is she taking on the responsibility of commentating on the world stage again as she guides viewers through the thrilling wheelchair tennis matches, she will be keeping a keen eye on her husband and judo medal hopeful, Chris Hunt Skelley.

Chris will be in the Champ-de-Mars Arena competing in a new weight category following his gold in Tokyo 2020. 

Louise added, “I’m always more nervous for Chris than I am when it comes to anything to do with myself! I know I’ll be a nervous wreck on the day he’s competing. However, given that I also know how hard he’s worked and how dedicated he is, I have no doubt he’ll be able to leave those games