Gordon Reid and Andy Lapthorne both won their opening round-robin pool matches on the first day of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters.
It was a tough day for the remaining Brits after some promising performances, with Jordanne Whiley unfortunately having to withdraw with a wrist injury.
Reid beat Stefan Olsson of Sweden 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 in men’s singles Pool 2 in a rematch of their Wimbledon final, which Reid won. The British No. 1 and current world No 2 will continue his NEC Masters challenge and his bid to end the year as world No. 1 whe he takes on Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina on Thursday.
Alfie Hewett had a much tougher time in Pool 1 and was unable to repeat his Rio 2016 men’s singles semi-final win over Joachim Gerard, with Belgium’s reigning NEC Masters champion winning 6-1, 6-1. Hewett will play Nicolas Peifer of France in his second match.
Lucy Shuker put herself in a strong position in both sets of her women’s singles Pool 1 match against former champion Yui Kamiji, but Kamiji held on for a 7-6(5), 6-4 victory. While Shuker goes on to face Germany’s Sabine Ellerbrock, Whiley will take no further part in this year’s NEC Masters after injuring her wrist during the second set of her Pool 2 match against another former champion, Aniek van Koot. Despite her injury Whiley but in a fine effort against van Koot, with the Dutchwoman eventually edging to a 7-5, 6-4 win.
Lapthorne bids to complete Pool 2 of the quad singles unbeaten when he faces Korea’s Kyu-Seung Kim in his second match of the week on Thursday, having defeated fellow Brit Antony Cotterill 6-1, 6-1 in his opening contest. Cotterill will subsequently meet Kim on Friday as he also attempts to reach the semi-finals.