Great Britain name 2019 BNP Paribas World Team Cup Squad

02/05/2019

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Andy Lapthorne from Great Britain hitting a backhand

A squad of 14 players are set to travel Israel to represent Great Britain at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup in Ramat Hasharon from 13-18 May.

Great Britain will be competing across all four events contested at the International Tennis Federation’s flagship wheelchair tennis event, with the team line-up as follows:

Men’s Event

Captained by Martyn Whait

  • Alfie Hewett 
  • Gordon Reid 
  • Dermot Bailey 

Women’s Event

Captained by Rob Cross

  • Lucy Shuker 
  • Louise Hunt 
  • Cornelia Oosthuizen 
  • Jordanne Whiley 

Quad Event 

Captained by Mike Price

  • Andy Lapthorne 
  • Antony Cotterill
  • James Shaw 

Junior Event 

Captained by Marc McCarroll

  • Ben Bartram 
  • Ruby Bishop 
  • Gregory Slade 
  • Dahnon Ward

Great Britain has a long history of success in the World Team Cup, winning the men’s competition in 2015 and wining silver and bronze in the men’s and women’s events last year. Great Britain also won a World Team Cup quad title for the fifth time in 2017, with the same trio of players set to compete for their country again this year.

There’s something extra special about representing Great Britain

Reigning US Open men’s singles champion Alfie Hewett is a former World Team Cup junior gold medallist and in 2015 he and Reid were both part of the Great Britain team that won the senior men’s title for the first time.

Ahead of Hewett's latest World Team Cup, he said: “World Team Cup is something I really get excited for and there’s something extra special about representing Great Britain. I feel I’m in some good form after winning my first title of the year recently in Korea and hopefully we can get ourselves amongst the medals again in Israel to start of another busy and important period of tournaments.”

Jordanne Whiley will make her first World Team Cup appearance in the women’s event since 2015 after making her highly successful comeback to competition earlier this year following childbirth. A former World Team Cup junior gold medallist alongside Reid and a multiple silver and bronze medallist in the women’s event, Whiley said: “I’m really happy to be back competing at World Team Cup. It’s a different atmosphere than at the usual tournaments we play and it will be nice to be with the whole team again. I think we can definitely medal this year!”

This year’s World Team Cup also sees Rio Parlaympic quad singles silver medallist Andy Lapthorne in action, with the Brit hoping to win a title for the fourth time: “World Team Cup is one of those events you look towards on the calendar at the start of the year. I’ve won it as part of a GB team three times and me and Antony won the crucial doubles in the final two years ago. We’re very close, so I’m looking forward to it again. The first aim is to get through the round-robin group and anything after that is a bonus.”

We have a strong tradition of medal success in all events

Speaking ahead of the event, LTA Disability Performance Director Hammond commented: “We have selected an extremely strong squad for the 2019 BNP Paribas World Team Cup consisting of players from the LTA’s GB Wheelchair Tennis World Class Performance Programme and Junior Futures Potential Programme and I am confident that we have a talented and well-prepared group of players that will do Great Britain proud once again.

“We have a strong tradition of medal success in all events and a proven track record of several of our former junior team medallists progressing through to help Great Britain win medals in the senior events in futures years. It’s great to have Jordanne Whiley back in the women’s team after the birth of her son in 2018 and we are also delighted to give Corenelia Oozthuizen her first World Team Cup experience as her wheelchair tennis pathway continues on from her medal success at the 2017 Invictus Games.”

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For daily match reports throughout the event, head to lta.org.uk or keep up to date with all the action on Twitter @the_LTA

Read about how you can get involved in tennis on our Play webpage or email disabilitytennis@lta.org.uk for further information.

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