26 August - 2 September

LTA Wheelchair Tennis Series

National Tennis Centre

LTA Wheelchair Tennis Series Preview

  • 31/08/2020

  • News

With just ten days to go until the start of the US Open wheelchair tennis event and a little over a fortnight to go until the ITF’s UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour resumes, the second week of the LTA Wheelchair Tennis Series brings together Britain’s top three men’s players and top three women’s players for two days of singles and doubles matchplay at the NTC.

The LTA Wheelchair Tennis Series has been developed to provide opportunities for Britain’s players to get crucial match practice under their belt ahead of their return to international competition.

Grand Slam champions and Paralympic medallists Alfie Hewett, Gordon Reid, Jordanne Whiley and Lucy Shuker join their fellow World Team Cup medal-winning teammates Dermot Bailey and Louise Hunt for what promises to be a fascinating series of contests that see world class wheelchair tennis return to the nation’s TV screens.

Jordanne Joyce

How will the event work & where can you watch?

Bailey, Hewett and Reid will play each other in a round-robin men’s singles competition during the two days, as will Hunt, Shuker and Whiley in the women’s singles. All matches will be played across two sets, with a deciding championship tie-break where required.

With six singles matches for fans to enjoy across the two days, the event will culminate in two doubles contests that will see Rio 2016 silver medallists Hewett and Reid pair up ahead of their US Open title defence, with two-time Paralympic bronze medallists Shuker and Whiley also joining forces before they head to New York.   

Fans can follow all the action live via the BBC’s digital channels (via the BBC Sport website, app and BBC iPlayer channels) as well as on the LTA’s own Youtube and Facebook channels.

Who are the players?

Men’s (world rankings in brackets)

Alfie Hewett (3)

Gordon Reid (5)

Dermot Bailey (26)

Gordon Reid

Women’s

Jordanne Whiley (5)

Lucy Shuker (12)

Louise Hunt (30)

Lucy Shuker

The match-ups to look out for

Tuesday’s competition opens with British No.3 Bailey taking on British No.1 and reigning US Open champion Hewett for just the second time since the two players met in the semi-finals of the 2009 Fever-Tree Wheelchair Tennis Championships.

Thereafter, it’s British No.1 v British No.2 in the first of the women’s singles match-ups as Whiley faces Shuker for the first time since they met in the final of the Canadian Classic exactly 12 months ago – a contest that Whiley won in three sets.

Bailey and Reid contest the penultimate match scheduled on the first day of play as they play each other for the very first time. However, Tuesday’s last match-up has a much longer history as Whiley faces Hunt 20 years on from their first meeting in junior competition at the 2005 British Open – a contest that Hunt won, although Whiley has had the upper hand since.

Wednesday’s second day of play starts with Reid and Hewett going head-to-head in what promises to be an enthralling contest between the Rio Paralympic gold and silver medallists.

As well as their historic all-Brit final in Rio four years ago, a long line of epic contests include the first all-Brit men’s singles semi-final at a Grand Slam, when they met for a place in the 2017 US Open final and the first all-Brit final at the year-end Singles Masters later the same year. They last met in February this year in the final of the ABN AMRO World Wheelchair Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam. Hewett won on that occasion in his last match before lockdown.

Shuker and Hunt bring an end to the singles round-robin matches on Wednesday as they meet for the first time since 2018, with Shuker taking an un unbeaten career record against British No.3 Hunt into their latest match-up.