Wheelchair Masters 2021: UK TV times, live stream, schedule and location
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Get ready for one of the biggest wheelchair tennis events of the year – the NEC Wheelchair Singles Masters and UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters.
The ITF’s end of year wheelchair championships brings together the best players in the world to battle it out for the coveted title.
Find out who’s playing, where to watch and everything else you need to know about this year’s Wheelchair Masters.
When is the Wheelchair Masters 2021?
This year’s NEC Wheelchair Singles Masters and UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters get underway from Sunday 31 October.
Both tournaments are a week long with the finals of the men’s, women’s and quad events taking place on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 November.
Where is the Wheelchair Masters 2021 being held?
The NEC Wheelchair Singles Masters and UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters will take place at the USTA National Campus in Lake Nona, Orlando, Florida for the second time since 2019.
Both events were previously held in London from 2014-16 and then at the Loughborough Tennis Centre in 2017.
Which British players are competing at the Wheelchair Masters 2021?
Six Brits line up for the ITF’s year-end wheelchair singles and doubles championships with Alfie Hewett, Gordon Reid and Andy Lapthorne all contesting the Singles Masters, while Dermot Bailey, Antony Cotterill and Lucy Shuker join the trio in the field for the Doubles Masters.
Hewett became the youngest Singles Masters men’s champion in Loughborough in 2017, when he played Reid in the first all-British men’s final in the history of the event. World No. 2 Hewett, runner-up in 2019 in Orlando, will be the top seed for the men’s singles this year.
World No.5 Reid is a two-time former Singles Masters finalist and the Rio 2016 Paralympic gold medallist and Tokyo 2020 bronze medallist will hope to finish his season on a high.
Lapthorne is a four-time quad singles finalist at the Masters but will be aiming to lift the title for the first time in 2021.
Hewett and Reid won the Doubles Master title in 2017 and after becoming the first wheelchair tennis partnership to win the calendar Grand Slam in men’s doubles this season, they will aim to improve on their semi-final finish in 2019.
Having made his Paralympic Games debut in Tokyo this year, Dermot Bailey makes his Doubles Masters debut in Orlando as the British No.3 teams up for the first time with Japan’s Tokito Oda.
Like Hewett and Reid, Antony Cotterill and Lapthorne are also former Doubles Masters champions, having won the quad title in 2016 and are aiming to repeat the performance five years on.
Shuker is a multiple Doubles Masters finalist, most recently in 2019 with Jordanne Whiley. Shuker won the Doubles Masters title in 2016 alongside Dutchwoman Diede de Groot before partnering the USA’s Dana Mathewson to the semi-finals in 2017. Shuker again partners Mathewson this year.
The main draws for both the singles and doubles events will take place on Saturday 30 October.