Stars return to London for 2015 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters
on 08-10-2015 13:59
The world’s best players will return to London this December with the International Tennis Federation this week announcing the entries for the 2015 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters.
Hosted by the Tennis Foundation, the ITF’s season-ending championship for the world's top singles players will be held on 2-6 December. For the second successive year the prestigious tournament will be staged at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the venue for the London 2012 Paralympic Tennis Event.
The top eight men's and women's players and the top four quad players at the ranking cut-off date of 5 October qualify for the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters, which is this year part of UK Sport’s National Lottery funded #EveryRoadtoRio series.
After winning his third successive NEC Masters title in 2014, Shingo Kunieda is one of three past champions in the men’s field alongside French world No. 2 Stephane Houdet and world No. 7 Maikel Scheffers of the Netherlands.
The world’s current top three in the women’s singles rankings are all previous champions, world No. 2 Aniek van Koot having won her first NEC Masters title in 2014 after beating fellow Dutchwoman and 2012 champion Jiske Griffioen in a gripping final.
World No. 3 Yui Kamiji of Japan won the 2013 title to become the first non-Dutch winner of the women's singles ever at the NEC Masters.
David Wagner is the only one of the four players at the top of the quad singles rankings to have previously won the NEC Masters title. However, 2014 runner-up Dylan Alcott has won both Grand Slam quad singles titles this year at the Australian Open and the US Open and has swapped the world No. 1 quad singles ranking with Wagner since the summer.
World No. 3 Lucas Sithole and world No. 4 Andy Lapthorne have also both finished runner-up to seven-time champion Wagner in the last three years setting up an exciting round robin in the quad event.
The last remaining tickets for the Masters are now on sale starting from just £2 for community groups and schools up to a maximum of £15 for the weekend semi-finals and finals. All kids can come along for a quid and there is an Activity Zone full of entertainment for all the family. Tickets can be purchased here: www.wheelchairtennismasters.com.