British Wheelchair Tennis Players Awarded Wimbledon Wild Cards
about a year ago
Great Britain will have two Wheelchair Tennis doubles pairings at The Championships, Wimbledon for the first time as Lucy Shuker, Jordanne Whiley, Gordon Reid and Marc McCarroll were yesterday awarded wild cards.
Both pairs narrowly missed out on being given a place by right as the world's top three duos received an automatic spot based on the men's and women's ITF world rankings published on May 14th.
It's the second year running that doubles world No.8 Shuker and No.10 Whiley have played on the grass courts of SW19 and Shuker will be hoping to recreate the same success that saw her finish as runner-up in 2009 and 2010 with Australian partner Daniela di Toro.
Reid, ranked world No.11 in doubles, has also played at Wimbledon teaming up with David Phillipson in 2008, while McCarroll will be making his debut at the event.
“I can’t wait to be playing at Wimbledon for the first time in my career as it’s one of the most iconic tennis venues in the world" said McCarroll.
"Gordon and I have been playing really well recently winning our first ITF1 title together at the South African Open and we’re looking forward to taking on some of the best players in the world.”Marc McCarroll
Also in the field are the reigning US Open and Doubles Masters champions, Tom Egberink of the Netherlands and Michael Jeremiasz of France. The women's entries include recent Roland Garros champions Esther Vergeer and Marjolein Buis of the Netherlands.
A total of £34,000 in prize money is on offer for the wheelchair tennis doubles competition and the event will be played from Friday 6th July to Sunday 8th July.