Great Britain’s Jordanne Whiley, Gordon Reid and Andy Lapthorne head a strong home contingent for the Nottingham Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament, which takes places at Nottingham Tennis Centre on 19 – 23 November.
The ITF 1 Series event is the first leg of an international wheelchair tennis double-header in Great Britain, with Whiley, Reid and Lapthorne among 11 players heading straight from Nottingham to Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London to be among the 20-strong field for the 2014 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters on 26 – 30 November.
World No. 6 Whiley, a former Nottingham Indoor women’s singles champion, goes into this year’s tournament on the back of being named the LTA’s Aegon Player of the Year last week after becoming the first British Tennis player in history to complete a calendar year Grand Slam.
Whiley and her Japanese partner Yui Kamiji recently added to their collection of all four Grand Slam doubles titles this season when they successfully retained their women’s title at the UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters in California, where Reid and Lapthorne were also finalists.
“I’m very honoured and proud to named Aegon Player of the Year,” said Whiley. “It’s been a remarkable season so far and I’m very proud of what me and Yui have achieved and for the added spotlight it’s brought to wheelchair tennis. But I don’t plan for it to stop here. I’ve got two big targets left and I am out to regain the Nottingham Indoor title ahead of the NEC Masters.”
Sixteen of the world’s top 10 ranked men’s, women’s and quad singles players will line up for the Nottingham Indoor, including world No. 3 and men’s title holder Reid, who was recently named Tennis Scotland International Player of the Year.
Reid and Dutch world No. 6 Maikel Scheffers – who have contested the men’s final in Nottingham for each of the past three years – are joined by Belgium’s Joachim Gerard, Argentinian world No. 4 Gustavo Fernandez and world No.7 Nicolas Peifer of France in the quest for this year’s title.
Whiley and Dutch world No. 2 Jiske Griffioen, who won her second Nottingham Indoor title in 2013, are among three world top eight ranked women’s singles players en route to the NEC Masters along with South Africa’s world No. 8 Kgothatso Montjane.
Meanwhile, US Open champion and world No. 2 Lapthorne, who finished runner-up in the quad singles to Australia’s Dylan Alcott at the British Open in Nottingham in July, joins Alcott and South Africa’s world No. 3 Lucas Sithole in one of the highest quality fields to contest the Nottingham Indoor title. All three players will also then travel to London for the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters.
Organised by the Tennis Foundation, the Nottingham Indoor is an ITF 1 Series event on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour and is held at Nottingham Tennis Centre. The tournament is supported by Nottingham City Council and entry is free to all spectators. For more information please visithttp://www.nottinghamindoor.org.uk/.
Tickets for the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters start at just £10, with children going free, and can be purchased via the tournament website:http://www.wheelchairtennismasters.com/.