The British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships brings the best wheelchair tennis players on the planet to Nottingham as they compete to lift the title. However, what is also does is help to inspire the next generation of players who are just starting out on their journey in the sport.
Taking place alongside the main draw, the British Open Junior Wheelchair Tennis Championships will see around 20 players aged 10-18 competing for honours, including a number of promising players from the East Midlands.
The competition plays a key role in developing Great Britain’s wheelchair tennis stars of the future and is an important part of the Tennis Foundation’s fast growing junior programme. This weekend’s matches also act as final preparation ahead of the National School Games Finals later in the summer.
The event sees the juniors play on courts right alongside their idols and also share athlete areas with them, proving an invaluable first-hand experience of what a professional wheelchair tennis tournament is all about. Last year’s competitors got the chance to meet British stars Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid, and quiz them about what it takes to be the best.
The British Open Junior Wheelchair Tennis Championships take place on Saturday and Sunday so if you are visiting on those days please go and watch some of the action and give the players support – you could be watching a future global star of the game!