Second seed Gordon Reid and fourth seed Alfie Hewett are in the same half of the men’s singles draw for the 2017 British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships, which gets underway on Tuesday at Nottingham Tennis Centre.
Reid and Hewett, who recently won their second Wimbledon men’s doubles title together, are among nine players, including all eight seeds, who have first round byes. The two Brits could therefore potentially meet in the semi-finals of this week’s prestigious Super Series event.
Two-time finalist and world No.2 Reid will face either Brazil’s Daniel Rodrigues or fellow Brit Keith Thom in his opening match. Meanwhile, world No.4 Hewett will play fellow Brit Ruairi Logan or Asif Abassi.
World No.1 Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina will meet South Africa’s Evans Maripa or Nico Langmann of Austria, while third seed Stephane Houdet will face Spain’s Daniel Caverzaschi or Takuya Miki of Japan when the Frenchman begins his bid for a third successive British Open men’s title.
British No, 1 Lucy Shuker will play Brazil’s Natalia Mayara in her opening women’s singles match, with the winner advancing to the quarter-finals.
Former champions Yui Kamiji of Japan and Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany are among three players, along with Wimbledon champion Diede de Groot of the Netherlands, to have byes in the first round of the women’s singles. The first round features the first match-up between two top 10 ranked players as Dutch world No.6 Marjolein Buis takes on world No.8 Kgothatso Montjane.
The top three seeds also have first round byes in the quad singles. They include Britain’s Andy Lapthorne, who has moved up to an equal career-best world No. 2 ranking on the eve of the tournament. Lapthorne will subsequently play Japan’s Shota Kawano or Ymanitu Silva of Brazil in the quarter-finals. Local Nottinghamshire hope James Shaw will play fellow Brit Richard Green for the right to face the USA’s world No.1 David Wagner. Lapthorne’s fellow Rio 2016 Paralympian Antony Cotterill will take on American Greg Hasterok for a place in the quarter-finals.
LIVE STREAMING of Tuesday’s Centre Court matches from the British Open will be available via the Tennis Foundation’s YouTube channel from 10.00am.