An Uber driver gave tennis player Jordanne Whiley a cold shoulder after he found out that she was in a wheelchair.
Whiley, who became Britain's youngest ever national women's singles champion in wheelchair tennis by winning the coveted title at just 14, was left enraged after an Uber driver abstained from picking her up. He was allegedly not in the mood to have the Paralympic medalist's luggage and wheelchairs in his car.
The nine times wheelchair tennis grand slam champion was about to commence her trip to participate in the French Open but was left helpless on her driveway instead. It looks like her preparation for the much lauded grand slam tournament started the worst way possible.
The 24-year-old tennis champion was waiting at her residence located in Ickenham, London, on Monday, June 5 with her luggage and tennis wheelchair, to be driven to Uxbridge train station, from where she was scheduled to leave for the Eurostar to France.
Whiley was waiting outside when the Uber arrived. She asked her Uber driver to come in the driveway; however, he just shook his head, gave her the finger and moved it back and forth to say no. She told the Express & Star. She was accompanied by her boyfriend who was waiting outside with the luggage and chairs but the driver opted to just drive away. "Isn’t that illegal?" she catechized.
Infuriated by the Uber driver's inappropriate conduct, Whiley took to her Twitter handle (@jordannejoyce92) and wrote, "Can't believe my Uber driver pulled up, saw my wheelchairs and just drove off! Isn't that against the law now?!" Another tweet from the tennis star revealed the name of the Uber driver who left her helpless in Ickenham.
According to Whiley, she received a message indicating that her Uber had been canceled, although the car that was slated to pick her up was huge and could have easily accommodated everything. Moreover, her manager's wife was there to help her fit her luggage in the car, meaning the driver didn't have to lift a finger to help her.
Persevering with the ride-sharing giant despite the massive setback, she called for another Uber, which much to her relief was just three minutes away and did take her to the destination.
Whiley's quest for French Open glory kicks off Thursday, June 8. Unfortunately, she was quite annoyed by the incident. She also pointed out that she has read about people with guide dogs not getting picked up and deemed this conduct as "disgusting."
Guide dogs and wheelchairs should be treated as part of the person and regardless of what the policy or law is, she said – discerning someone is simply not acceptable.
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