The first of two back-to-back tournaments in the USA for players on the Tennis Foundation’s Wheelchair Tennis World Class Programme sees Gordon Reid, Lucy Shuker and Antony Cotterill contesting the Georgia Open in Rome, USA, a new addition to the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour calendar in 2018.
The players are set to then move on to next week’s Cajun Classic Super Series in Baton Rouge.
Lucy Shuker produced a fine performance to book her place in the women’s singles quarter-finals on Thursday’s second day of the Georgia Open. Shuker overcame a potentially tricky opponent in China’s Hui Min Huang, winning 6-0, 5-7, 6-2. The British No.1 and sixth seed will now meet South African fourth seed Kgothatso Montjane in a bid to reach the semi-finals.
Shuker and Gordon Reid both go in singles quarter-finals on Friday, while Shuker meets Huang once more in what again is a tricky women’s doubles quarter-final. Shuker and her Dutch partner Diede de Groot play the all-Chines partnership of Huang and Zhenzhen Zhu.
It was a mixed second day for Antony Cotterill. After his first round quad singles main draw loss Cotterill beat Canada’s Gary Luker to earn a consolation singles semi-final against the USA’s Greg Hasterok. However, Cotterill’s quad doubles campaign came to an early end after Brazil’s Ymanitu Silva and Lucas Sithole of South Africa beat Cotterill and the USA’s Nick Taylor 6-1, 6-3.
There were mixed fortunes for the Brits on Wednesday’s opening day of play in Rome as Gordon Reid booked his place in the men’s singles quarter-finals, but Antony Cotterill’s quad singles campaign came to an end.
Fourth seed Reid plays Dutch eight seed Maikel Scheffers next for a place in the men’s semi-finals after beating Gaeten Menguy of France 6-0, 6-2.
Lucy Shuker begins her women’s singles challenge on Thursday with a tough challemge against Hui Min Huang of China. Shuker and her Dutch partner Diede de Groot are second seeds for the women’s doubles and after a first round bye they could also face the Chinese partnership of Huang and Zhenzhen Zhu for a place in the semi-finals.
Cotterill’s title hopes in Rome continue with a quad doubles quarter-final in which he partners the USA’s Nick Taylor. The second seeds take on Brazil’s Ymanitu Silva and Lucas Sithole of South Africa. Cotterill will be looking to reverse the outcome of his opening singles match, which Silva won 6-1, 6-1 to reach the quarter-finals.
All three Brits are seeded for this week’s ITF 1 Series event, with Reid and Cotterill in action on Wednesday’s first day of play.
Reid’s first tournament since reaching the semi-finals of Rotterdam’s World Wheelchair Tennis Tournament sees the world No.5 and fourth seed play Gaetan Menguy of France for a place in the men’s singles quarter-finals.
Most recently a quarter-finalist at Preston Indoor and Bolton Indoor, Cotterill is fourth seed for the quad singles and the world No.7 will also bid to reach the last eight in Rome when he takes on Ymanitu Silva of Brazil.
Shuker is sixth seed for the women’s singles and after a first round bye the British No.1 and world No.8 will play either Hui Min Huang of China or Elizabeth Williams of the USA in the last 16.