Wheelchair Masters 2022: Preview, draw and live stream
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One of the biggest wheelchair tennis events of any season, the NEC Wheelchair Singles Masters and ITF Wheelchair Doubles Masters, is upon us, with eight days of competition that begin this weekend in the Netherlands.
The ITF’s end of year wheelchair championships brings together the best players in the world to battle it out for the coveted titles across the men’s, women and quad divisions.
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 2022?
This year’s NEC Wheelchair Singles Masters and UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters get underway from Sunday 30 October.
Both tournaments are a week in length with the finals of the men’s, women’s and quad doubles events taking place on Saturday 5 November and the men’s women’s and quad singles finals of Sunday 6 November.
Where is the Wheelchair Masters 2022 being held?
The NEC Wheelchair Singles Masters and ITF Wheelchair Doubles Masters will take place at the Sportcentrum De Rusheuvel in the city of Oss in the province of North Brabant as the year-end championships are held simultaneously in the Netherlands for the first time since 2002.
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 2022?
Six Brits line up for the ITF’s year-end wheelchair singles and doubles championships with Alfie Hewett, Lucy Shuker and Andy Lapthorne all contesting the Singles Masters, while newly-crowned ITF Junior Wheelchair Tennis Player of the Year Ben Bartram and Abingdon Futures champion Dahnon Ward join the trio as they each make their debut in the Doubles Masters.
Hewett became the youngest Singles Masters men’s champion in Loughborough in 2017 and he regained the title in Orlando 12 months ago. The world No.1, also the runner-up in Orlando in 2019, will be the top seed for the men’s singles this year but needs other results to go his way if he is to retain his No.1 ranking, regardless of whether he able to become Masters champion for the third time.
World No.7 Shuker will contest her ninth Singles Masters since making her debut in the event in 2008 and will return to the year-end singles championship for the first time since 2018, hoping to finish her 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 2022.
Hewett is a two-time Doubles Masters champion partnering fellow Brit Gordon Reid. But while last year’s champions will not defend their title as Reid continues his rehabilitation of the wrist injury he’s been contending with this season, Hewett will take his place in the men’s doubles field as he renews an unbeaten partnership with Dutchman Maikel Scheffers that saw them win their first three tournaments together between 2014 and 2017.
Bartram will pair up for the first time with Japan’s Tokito Oda as the world’s top two ranked junior make their tournament debut together, while Ward will also forge a new doubles partnership with the USA’s Casey Ratzlaff.
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 both 2017 and 2021. However, this year Shuker sets out on a new journey partnering Zhenzhen Zhu of China.
Lapthorne comes into this year’s Doubles Masters as a former two-time quad doubles champion, most recently when partnering fellow Brit Antony Cotterill to victory in 2016. But Lapthorne also starts a new doubles venture in Oss as he teams up with South Africa’s Ronald Ramphadi for the first time.
The main draws for both the singles and doubles events will take place on Saturday 29 October.
How to watch and live stream the Wheelchair Masters 2022?
You can watch the centre court live stream on the Official Event website and ITF websites.