Paralympians ready to do battle again at Nottingham Indoor
Three of Great Britain’s medalists from the London 2012 Paralympic Games are among a field of more than 50 players from seven countries set to contest the Nottingham Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament, which takes place next week at Nottingham Tennis Centre from 25 - 28 October.
Dutch world No. 2 Maikel Scheffers and British No. 1 and defending champion Gordon Reid head the entries for the men’s singles after contesting an epic match in last year’s final. World No. 8 Reid returns to Nottingham Tennis Centre looking for more success in the East Midlands after reaching his first career Super Series final at the British Open in July.
British No. 2 Marc McCarroll and local Nottinghamshire player David Phillipson, who both represented Great Britain in the men’s events at London 2012 alongside Reid, are also among a strong British entry.
London 2012 doubles bronze medallists Lucy Shuker and Jordanne Whiley, both previous winners of the women’s singles at Nottingham Indoor, are competing again this year alongside world No. 3 and defending champion Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany.
World No. 4 Andy Lapthorne, who partnered former Nottingham Indoor champion Peter Norfolk to the quad doubles silver medal at London 2012, heads an all-British entry in the quad event.
“This is my first chance to get onto court competitively since the Games and it’ll be the chance to blow away a few cobwebs and to start playing tennis again. I love playing in my home town and hopefully the public will come along and support us again,” said British No.3 Phillipson.
“After the success of the London 2012 Paralympics, this is another chance to see many of the world’s leading players in action and, after hosting July’s British Open, the Tennis Foundation is delighted to be bringing world class wheelchair tennis back to Nottingham once again,” added Tournament Director Patrick Hughesman .
Organised by the Tennis Foundation, Nottingham Indoor is an ITF 2 Series event on the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour and is held at the City of Nottingham Tennis Centre. The tournament is supported by Nottingham City Council and entry is free to all spectators.