Two-time Paralympic bronze medallist Lucy Shuker and Wimbledon singles finalist Stefan Olsson are among a strong entry at the Bolton Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament as the sport returns to the USN Bolton Arena from 21-25 February.
Recent Australian Open semi-finalist Shuker, who partnered fellow Brit Jordanne Whiley to women’s doubles bronze at both the London and Rio Paralympics, will be aiming to succeed Whiley as women’s champion in Bolton. Joining Shuker, the 2014 runner-up, and fellow Brit Louise Hunt in the women’s draw is Roland Garros champion and Rio Paralympic doubles silver medallist Marjolein Buis. World No.10 Kgothatso Montjane from South Africa is also among the leading contenders.
In the men’s singles defending champion and world No.7 Olsson and world No.8 Maikel Scheffers head the entries. Seven top 20 players will compete for the ITF 2 title on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, including world No.10 Takuya Miki from Japan, Scheffers’ fellow Dutchman and world No.11 Tom Egberink and world No.14 Evans Maripa of South Africa. The British challenge will come from Marc McCarroll, who represented ParalympicsGB at the London and Rio Paralympics.
In the quad division Israel’s current world No.9 and former world No.1 Shraga Weinberg heads the entries whilst the British challenge is headed by Rio Paralympian Antony Cotterill and National champion James Shaw.
Tennis Foundation Tournament Director Liz Terry said: “We have another strong draw at this year’s Bolton Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament and we are looking forward to an exciting five days of competition. We are delighted to be back in the North West and would encourage all spectators to come down and watch some world class sport.
“We are also really proud to be hosting a junior wheelchair tennis camp on the finals day on Saturday. We hope that these junior players take inspiration from the many world class players on display.”
Stuart Kay, Tennis Manager at USN Bolton Arena, said: “We are delighted to be hosting such a prestige tournament again, especially after the fantastic year GB wheelchair players have had. It is a great opportunity for the general public to come and see the world’s best playing at USN Bolton Arena.”
The Bolton Indoor will be the second international wheelchair tennis tournament in the North West in successive weeks, with many of the players set to arrive in Bolton straight from the ITF 3 Preston Indoor Tournament.
Entry is free for all spectators with the public encouraged to come down and enjoy some world class sport. Keep up-to-date with all the news from the tournament on the Tennis Foundation website.