Speaking at the event, An Cathaoirleach said:
"Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is proud & honoured to host these World Championships and I'm delighted to be hosting this civic reception. Particularly so as the County was the home of the beginning of Blind Tennis in Ireland at Shankill Tennis Club.
The modern Council built venue for this weekends action at Shankill Tennis Club is a great example of a partnership between the County Council and a local community sports club - making tennis a sport accessible to all abilities is a cornerstone of the Councils philosophy and ambition for all in the County and the club where the athletes will play this weekend is one of the best examples of that philosophy at work."
Tournament Organiser and President of Leinster Branch of Tennis Ireland, Liam O’Donohoe, said:
“We are honoured to be hosting this major international sporting event in Shankill. The interest in participating in the tournament from the worldwide community of blind/visually impaired tennis players was way beyond expectations and what was originally envisaged as a two-day tournament will now run over four days.”
The dlr TAKEI Blind Tennis World Championships takes place in Shankill from April 27 to 30 when over 60 players will compete in this unique competition which is being held in Ireland for the first time.
Competitors will come from Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Pakistan, Poland, Great Britain, Israel and Ireland. Between players, sighted guides, coaches and officials up to 300 people involved in the tournament including many volunteers.