2017 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters Entries Announced

20/10/2017

| NEC Wheelchair Masters

Andy Lapthorne, NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters

Great Britain’s Alfie Hewett, Gordon Reid, Lucy Shuker and Andy Lapthorne are all among a star-studded list of 22 players from 11 different nations who have qualified to take part in the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters in Loughborough next month – the season finale to the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis World Tour.

The International Tennis Federation’s season-ending championship for the world's top wheelchair singles players will be hosted once again in Great Britain by the Tennis Foundation, with this year’s event being held from 29 November to 3 December at Loughborough University Tennis Centre.

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Tickets are priced £8 for adults, with half price concessions and just £1 for children, while the event will also be streamed live. The NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters is an ideal day out for families, schools and community groups and will include a fun activity zone for children and adults alike to give tennis a go.

Those set to battle for honours include multiple Paralympic medallists and Grand Slam champions. 

For a full list of entries visit our Players page.

MEN

World No.3 and Roland Garros champion Alfie Hewett, is relishing the opportunity to challenge for more silverware: 

“It’s been a great season for me and I’m looking forward to trying to finish the year on a high. It’s always great to play in front of a good crowd and being a home event it means that little bit extra. The top eight is really open this year, so it’s going to be very interesting.”

Hewett is one of four players to have shared the four Grand Slam men’s singles titles between them this season, along with Argentina’s world No.1 Gustavo Fernandez (Australian Open), world No.2 Stephane Houdet of France (US Open) and Sweden’s world No.6 Stefan Olsson (Wimbledon).

After a period of recovering from surgery earlier this year, Belgium’s Joachim Gerard, currently world No.7, is also set for this year’s event after winning the last two NEC Masters titles.

The men's singles entries include four former champions, with world No.8 and former three-time champion Shingo Kunieda of Japan also on the roll of honour of past champions, along with Houdet, Olsson and Gerard. 

Looking ahead to Loughborough, 2016 NEC Masters finalist and world No.4 Gordon Reid said: “I’ve had a mixed year, but I’ve had a bit of a break since the US Open so I feel refreshed and I’m looking forward to getting back to competing. If you’ve not seen wheelchair tennis before, come and give it a go - there are plenty of British players to support, so come and make some noise for us.”

“I’m very excited that I’ll be once again competing alongside the very best wheelchair tennis players in the world. The Tennis Foundation has really raised the level of the event so I’m looking forward to experiencing another memorable Masters tournament."

WOMEN

In the women’s singles, British No.1 Lucy Shuker is looking forward to competing again in front of a passionate home crowd:

“I’m very excited that I’ll be once again competing alongside the very best wheelchair tennis players in the world. The Tennis Foundation has really raised the level of the event so I’m looking forward to experiencing another memorable Masters tournament.”

Eight of the world's top nine players are among the entries for the women's singles after current world No.3 Jiske Griffioen, the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters champion for the last two years, announced this week that her playing career has come to an end.

In Griffioen's absence, 2013 winner and current world No.1 Yui Kamiji of Japan and 2014 winner and Dutch world No.6 Aniek van Koot are the only former champions among this year's entries.

This year's women's singles entry features three Dutch players, includng Wimbledon champion and world No.2 Diede de Groot and world No. 5 Marjolein Buis, as well as Germany's world No.4 Sabine Ellerbrock and world No.9 Katharine Kruger. 

QUADS

In the quad singles, Great Britain’s world No. 2 Andy Lapthorne will be aiming to overcome nine-time champion and world No.1 David Wagner, among others, in an attempt to win his first Masters title.

Lapthorne said: “This has been a pretty good year for me, probably one of the best of my career other than winning a singles Grand Slam. My eyes all year have been on that year-end world No. 1 ranking, so my aim is win the Masters and see where that takes me.”

Meanwhile, Wagner will be aiming to claim a remarkable 10th NEC Masters quad singles title, having won his last five in succession.

Wagner is the only former quad singles champion in this year's field of six players, which also features former finalists Dylan Alcott of Australia and Lucas Sithole of South Africa.

Australia's current world No.5 Heath Davidson and world No.6 Sam Schroder of the Netherlands have qualified for their NEC Masters debuts.

In staging the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters in Loughborough, the Tennis Foundation is using the event as a platform to both raise the profile of tennis as a sport for disabled people and drive wider participation in tennis in the region. As part of a community outreach programme, special arrangements are in place for schools and community groups who wish to attend the 2017 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters. Any formally organised group of people such as clubs, societies, voluntary organisations and charities are also welcome – groups can find out more at www.wheelchairtennismasters.com.

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