Brits set to begin NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters challenges

Brits set to begin NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters challenges

Rio Paralympic gold medallist Gordon Reid faces Stefan Olsson of Sweden on Wednesday in his opening men’s singles round-robin match at the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

In his first singles match since beating Alfie Hewett in the all-British men’s final in Rio, Reid will play Olsson in a rematch of the Wimbledon men’s singles final in July. The Scot will also play Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina and Dutchman Maikel Scheffers in his round-robin matches.

Apart from vying for the NEC Masters title, world No.2 Reid’s results this week could yet earn him the year-end world No.1 men’s singles ranking if he can out-perform Stephane Houdet of France.

Hewett makes his NEC Masters debut with a rematch of his Rio semi-final against Belgium’s Joachim Gerard, the 2015 Masters champion.  Hewett has been drawn in Pool 1 along with Gerard and French duo Houdet and Nicolas Peifer.

The opening day of play in London sees Andy Lapthorne and Antony Cotterill going head-to-head in the same quad singles round-robin pool. While world No.4 Lapthorne and world No.11 Cotterill meet on the first day, later in the week they will both go on to play Korea’s Kyu-Seung Kim in a bid to finish in the top two positions, which would qualify them for the semi-finals.

World No.5 Jordanne Whiley begins her women’s singles campaign with a Pool 2 match against world No.2 Aniek van Koot of the Netherlands. Whiley is the only non-Dutch player in Pool 2 and will face Marjolein Buis and Diede de Groot in her remaining round-robin matches.

Lucy Shuker’s first match in Pool 2 sees the British No.2 and world No.8 take on Japan’s Yui Kamiji, with 2015 NEC Masters finalists Jiske Griffioen and Sabine Ellerbrock also drawn in the same pool as Shuker.

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