US Open 2023: Wheelchair draws announced as four Brits prepare to contest the titles in New York
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Alfie Hewett, Gordon Reid, Lucy Shuker and Andy Lapthorne all found out who they'll face in the opening rounds of the 2023 US Open as the wheelchair draws were announced.
Reigning men’s wheelchair singles champion Alfie Hewett will take a four-match winning streak into his US Open first round match on Tuesday against Dutchman Tom Egberink as the British No.1 and world No.2 bids to repeat his victory over Egberink in last year’s quarter-finals in New York.
Since losing out in the semi-finals of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, three-time US Open champion and world No.2 Hewett’s four matches against Egberink have included three straight sets wins at the Grand Slams, most recently when they also met in the opening round at Roland Garros in June.
Hewett and Gordon Reid are drawn in separate halves of the men’s singles draw, with Reid set to face Chile’s Alexander Cataldo for the very first time in his career as the British No.2 bids to book his place in the last eight.
It’s been nine years since Andy Lapthorne won the first of his two US Open quad singles titles and the 2014 and 2019 champion will begin his title challenge this year against Canada’s Robert Shaw - a player Lapthorne has beaten in all seven of their career head-to-heads to date, including on his way to winning the Lexus British Open title in Nottingham in 2022.
This year's US Open marks a historic milestone for the quad division, with the quad singles draw featuring 16 players - the same size as the men and women's draws - for the first time.
Ten years on from making her US Open debut, Lucy Shuker will play Japan’s Manami Tanaka in her opening women’s singles match. The British No.1 has won 12 of her 14 previous matches against Tanaka and will aim to stretch that head-to-head advantage as she seeks her first singles win in New York.
All first round singles matches will take place on Tuesday, when the Brits will also discover their doubles draws. Hewett and Reid will bid for their sixth US Open title together in seven years this week as they attempt to complete the calendar Grand Slam in men’s doubles for the second time in three years.
Lapthorne will partner South Africa’s Donald Ramphadi as they bid to repeat their victory at the French Open in June, while Shuker will begin a new doubles partnership with France's Pauline Deroulede.