Star-Studded Entry For Bolton Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament
Grand Slam champions Jordanne Whiley, Gordon Reid and Andy Lapthorne head star-studded entry for Bolton Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament.
Great Britain’s recent Australian Open champions and Paralympic medallists Jordanne Whiley, Gordon Reid and Andy Lapthorne will each bid to complete a hat-trick of singles titles when the Bolton Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament returns to the Bolton Arena from Tuesday 18th to Saturday 22nd February.
As the LTA brings world class wheelchair tennis to Bolton for the seventh successive year, Whiley, Reid and Lapthorne are among six former Bolton Indoor champions on the men’s, women’s and quad singles entry lists for this year’s ITF 2 event, which features 83 players from 22 countries.
The trio are also among a host of leading Brits and Tokyo 2020 Paralympic hopefuls all looking to gain valuable world rankings points, with the wheelchair tennis qualification window for the Tokyo Paralympic Games continuing though to early June.
Bolton Indoor women’s singles champion in both 2015 and 2016, Whiley was runner-up last year, just a week after making her return to international wheelchair tennis following the birth of son Jackson in January 2018. World No.5 Whiley, who won her 10th Grand Slam doubles title at the Australian Open after reaching singles finals at her first two tournaments of the year, said:
“It’s amazing to think it’s only 12 months since I returned from maternity leave and I’m already a Grand Slam champion again. Beating the top seed last year in Bolton, in just my second tournament back, gave me a major boost for the rest of 2019 and is one of many great memories I’ve got from Bolton. But I’d really love to go one better than last year and gain my third title and feel I’m in the form to do so.”
Whiley is joined on the women’s singles entry list by fellow Brits and former Bolton Indoor finalists Lucy Shuker and Louise Hunt, while other leading contenders include Australian Open semi-finalist Zhenzhen Zhu, the USA’s Dana Mathewson and Russia’s Viktoriia Lvova.
While Whiley is the only former champion on the women’s singles entry lists, Rio 2016 Paralympic men’s singles champion Reid will be looking to add to his titles at the first two editions of Bolton Indoor in 2014 and 2015.
World No.6 Reid, singles finalist and doubles champion at the recent Australia Open, is likely to encounter his strongest opposition from 2016 and 2017 Bolton Indoor winner and fellow former Wimbledon champion Stefan Olsson of Sweden as well as reigning Bolton Indoor champion Maikel Scheffers of the Netherlands.
Two former two-time Bolton Indoor champions also feature on the quad singles entry list, with Lapthorne and Dutchman Sam Schroder having shared the title between them in each of the last four years.
Schroder is the reigning champion in Bolton, but reigning US Open champion and world No.2 Lapthorne holds strong claims. Quad singles finalist and doubles champion at the Australian Open, Lapthorne will attempt to add to his 2016 and 2018 titles that he won in Bolton.
Alongside one of the strongest fields ever assembled for the senior events at the Bolton Indoor, many of the country’s leading younger players will also be in action on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd February, as the Bolton Indoor Junior Wheelchair Tennis Tournament showcases potential stars of the future. Great Britain’s World Team Cup medallists Ben Bartram, Dahnon Ward and Ruby Bishop join players from France, Israel and the Netherlands on the entry list.
Tournament Director Kirsty Thomson commented:
“Over the past six years the Bolton Indoor has grown in stature and reputation and has become the focal point for many of the world’s top players at this time of the year. With the quest for world ranking points at a premium now as players continue in their efforts to qualify for Tokyo 2020, we are delighted to welcome such a star-studded field, with plenty of Brits for local fans to come out and cheer for.
“For anyone who has yet to watch wheelchair tennis in person, I would encourage them to come and enjoy for free what is guaranteed to be a fascinating week of world class sport, with the opportunity to see potential stars of the Tokyo Paralympics and beyond.”
The Bolton Indoor tournament forms part of the International Tennis Federation’s UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour and is the second of nine world ranking wheelchair tennis tournaments to be held in Great Britain in 2020. Play at Bolton Indoor begins at 9.00am each day.
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