Britain’s leading wheelchair tennis players will be mixing it with the best players on the planet at the 30th British Open in Nottingham next week.
The fifth of six ‘Super Series’ events staged around the world, the tournament is now one of the leading competitions on the international wheelchair tennis calendar outside of the Grand Slams.
This year’s field features 11 Brits among the 64 players competing, and is arguably the strongest ever assembled with almost all of the world’s top 40 players across the men, women and quad divisions in action – including those who starred at Wimbledon last week. Providing an added edge, crucial ranking points are at stake this year as players vie to secure qualification for next year’s Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
The LTA has invested in making the event free for all spectators, with another record crowd expected at Nottingham Tennis Centre to watch the world class tennis action over the course of the week. The move is part of our ambition to open up the sport to many more people, showcase the performances of the leading British players, and raise the profile of tennis as a sport for disabled people. The action gets underway on Tuesday 23 July and runs until Sunday 28 July, with finals taking place on both the Saturday and Sunday.
Alongside the main draw, there are once again tournaments for juniors and for up and coming players looking to progress towards international competition, as well as a free ‘Come & Try’ session on Saturday 27 July where anyone have a go at playing tennis in a wheelchair!
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