He came to the RD by accident, and he climbed to the podium

SANTO DOMINGO.-  "Oleee Olee Olee Oleee, ticooo ticooo" is heard in the stands of the East Park every time Johnny Fernandez enters the field in the invitational World Special Olympics Tennis Santo Domingo 2018.

Like many of the athletes participating in the invitational, Jhonny has a long history in the world of tennis. With 17 years of experience in Special Olympics, Costa Rica leads its selection, consisting of 16 tennis players who are looking to make their way by facing delegations from the 30 countries that visit Santo Domingo.

However, Fernandez's attendance at the event occurred by sheer chance, replacing a teammate.

"I had no plans to attend until things of fate I had to replace a friend who finally could not make the trip," reveals the athlete, who with his hard work and dedication got a fourth place in doubles.

"I absolutely love everything that has to do with tennis. This sport has taught me to lose and win, says Fernandez, who explains that this sport is learned in a simple way.

Johnny has been a participant in national and international Special Olympics, for example in Bolivia when he and his classmates took a silver medal five years ago.

"I thank my coach Don Carlos Moya, for giving me this opportunity to be part of this great event representing my country," says the 47-year-old tennis player, who has been delighted with the experience of competing in the Dominican Republic.