British No.1 Alfie Hewett will face Stephane Houdet of France in a rematch of last year’s US Open final when the Wimbledon wheelchair tennis event gets underway on Thursday.
Hewett or Houdet will play reigning champion Stefan Olsson of Sweden or Nicolas Peifer of France in the gentlemen’s singles semi-finals.
With world No.2 Hewett drawn in the opposite half of the draw to fellow Brit Gordon Reid, 2016 Wimbledon champion and world No. 5 Reid will play Belgium’s Joachim Gerard in his quarter-final. The winner will meet either world No.1 Shingo Kunieda or Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez. Kunieda starts the event as the reigning Australian Open and Roland Garros champion, having beaten Fernandez in the final of the second Grand Slam of 2018 last month in Paris.
Hewett and Reid open their bid for a third successive Wimbledon gentlemen’s doubles title with a semi-final against Kunieda and Fernandez. French duo and 2016 and 2017 finalists Houdet and Peifer will play Gerard and Olsson for a place in this year’s final.
In the ladies’ singles British No.1 Lucy Shuker will begin her 10th Wimbledon with a quarter-final against world No.3 Aniek van Koot of the Netherlands. Also in the bottom half of the draw van Koot’s countrywoman Marjolein Buis will play Japan’s world No. 2 and reigning Roland Garros champion Yui Kamiji.
The top half of the ladies’ singles draw features a rematch of the 2017 final as world No.1 Diede de Groot takes on Germany’s Sabine Ellerbrock. With both of the event’s German representatives in the top half of the ladies’ draw Katharina Kruger will play wild card entry Kgothatso Montjane of South Africa as both players make their singles debuts at The Championships.
Shuker partners Ellerbrock in the ladies’ doubles at Wimbledon for the fifth year in a row. Three times a doubles finalist at Wimbledon, Shuker will join forces with Ellerbrock this year in a semi-final against Dutch second seeds Buis and van Koot. After winning the last four Wimbledon ladies’ doubles titles with Britain’s Jordanne Whiley, who is currently on maternity leave, Kamiji teams up with de Groot this year and the top seeds open with a semi-final against Kruger and Montjane.