Over 60 world-ranked wheelchair tennis players from 21 countries are set to grace the South Ribble Tennis Centre later this week for the annual Preston Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament. Now in its 12th year, Preston Indoor is one of six British-based world-ranked events on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, organised or supported by Great Britain’s leading tennis charity, the Tennis Foundation.
Taking place from 15th – 18th February, the tournament is the start of two weeks of world class wheelchair tennis in the North West, with Preston hosting the first of two international events. This year’s line-up features a wealth of top 25-ranked wheelchair tennis players and British home-grown talent, including the North West’s own Nathanial Lowe-Cordingley and Helen Bond, who will participate in the men’s and women’s draws, respectively.
Elsewhere in the line-up, world No.11 Takuya Miki, Great Britain’s former National Champion Dermot Bailey and recent Junior Masters boys’ doubles champion Ruairi Logan are set to compete in the men’s singles, whilst the women’s singles will see the likes of world No.10 and defending champion Dana Mathewson take to the court. Two-time Paralympian Louise Hunt and National champion Lauren Jones head up the British challenge – with Hunt a former Preston Indoor champion. World No.7 Antony Cotterill, James Shaw and Richard Green make up a talented trio of Brits who will vie for the quad singles title, with Rio Paralympian Cotterill bidding to better last year’s runner-up position.
Ahead of the event, Tennis Foundation Tournament Director Kirsty Thomson commented: “We are thrilled to be hosting our world-class tournament in Preston once again. There’s always a great atmosphere in the tennis centre and to have so many British and international wheelchair tennis stars returning to the North West year after year is representative of that. We’re looking forward to kicking off the first of our international events here and hope the public will come down to watch some of our home-grown talent!”
Entry for spectators is free throughout the duration of the event, with play starting from 9:00am each day.