Australian Open 2024: Greg Slade awarded wild card with five British wheelchair tennis players set to compete in Melbourne
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Five British wheelchair tennis stars will head to Melbourne for the Australian Open this year -including a wild card for 21-year-old Greg Slade.
The wheelchair draws at the Australian Open will all feature 16 player draws this year and are set to get underway from 23-28 January.
Supported by our Wheelchair Performance Pathway, Slade impressed during the 2023 season, winning his first ITF 2 singles title at the Open Paratennis du Loiret coming off a wrist injury, as well as three doubles trophies.
Slade is currently ranked at world No.19 in quad singles, with a career-high at No.14 back in July last year.
Lapthorne heads to Melbourne in pursuit of a seventh trophy and first singles crown, with his most recent triumph coming in 2022 alongside American doubles partner David Wagner. The British No.1 finished last season having won the doubles title at Roland Garros in addition to three ITF 2 singles tournaments – including the British Grass Court Wheelchair Tournament and Bolton Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament.
World No.1 and ITF World Champion Alfie Hewett headlines the men’s wheelchair draws, alongside doubles partner Gordon Reid. Hewett – who was recently one of six nominees shortlisted for BBC Sports Personality of the Year – will be looking to retain his maiden singles trophy at Melbourne Park and add a ninth major singles title to his name.
Champion in 2016 – Reid looks set to challenge for honours once again this year in singles and doubles. Reid and Hewett will be aiming for a fifth successive Australian Open title.
Lucy Shuker will represent Britain in the women’s wheelchair draws this year. Shuker is a four-time doubles runner-up Down Under (2010, 2013, 2021 and 2022) and has reached the singles semi-finals three times as well (2013, 2017, 2022).