Reid and Kunieda hopeful of more great crowd support at NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters
on 13-10-2015 14:02
Two-time Grand Slam doubles champion Gordon Reid is hoping home support will help him achieve another landmark success in December when he lines up for the 2015 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters on 2-6 December at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
British No1 and world No.5 Reid is one of the eight players that will contest the men’s singles at the ITF’s year-end wheelchair tennis singles championship for the second successive year. This year’s field boasts the exact same players that returned to the venue that held the London 2012 Paralympic Tennis Event when London hosted the Masters for the first time in 2014.
“I’m absolutely buzzing for the Masters in London this year." Gordon Reid
“I’m absolutely buzzing for the Masters in London this year. It was hard to know what to expect last year but I really enjoyed the event and it was brilliantly organised. So it will all be more familiar this year and we’ll know what to expect,” said Reid, who put in a career best performance last year to finish third.
“Having that home crowd really gives you that extra edge as a player so I hope that we get plenty of people through the doors at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre to see some top quality action.
“I finished third last year and I want to go better than that in 2015. If I play well, and as well as I have been doing recently, then I know I’ve got the chance to win the Masters and that’s my aim,” said Reid, who put together what were arguably his best singles performances of the season just over a week ago at the Open de la Baie de Somme in France.
Reid beat world No. 2 Stephane Houdet and world No. 3 Nicolas Peifer, the 2014 NEC Masters runner-up, en route to winning his third successive singles title at the ITF 1 Series event, giving the Scot plenty of confidence for the challenges to come in London. He could meet either or both Frenchmen in his three round-robin pool matches at the Masters, as he did when beating them both in the same phase of the competition in 2014, as he bids to reach the semi-finals for the second successive year.
Reid’s season has included leading Great Britain to a first ever World Team Cup men’s World Group title, the wheelchair tennis equivalent of the Davis Cup, and claiming the first two Grand Slam titles of his career after partnering Japan’s Shingo Kunieda to victory in the men’s doubles at Roland Garros and partnering Houdet to victory in the men’s doubles at the US Open.
Reid was also runner-up in the men’s doubles at the Australian Open and at Wimbledon and with a large legion of ‘Team Reid’ fans among those cheering him on at Wimbledon he is hoping that even more will come out to show their support at the Masters in December.
“When people see wheelchair tennis for the first time they always love it so we just need to get people there!" Gordon Reid
“When people see wheelchair tennis for the first time they always love it so we just need to get people there! It’s great to see so many school kids come along and I hope they are all inspired to go back to their school or family and start playing tennis and having fun,” said Reid.
“The profile of this event, particularly with the media coverage, is great for the sport and for all the top players. Quite often we aren’t the main event at Grand Slams but with the Masters it’s all about wheelchair tennis. I love showcasing our sport and the GB players have been doing a great job of that recently, winning some high profile events,” he added.