Brits Hewett and Reid to meet in Nottingham Indoor second round

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Brits Hewett and Reid to meet in Nottingham Indoor second round

British teenager Alfie Hewett eased passed Korea's Ho Won Im to set up a second-round meeting with the nation's No. 1 Gordon Reid at the Nottingham Indoor Wheelchair Tournament on Thursday’s first day of play.

Hewett, 16, the world's top junior, was among four British players to advance in the men’s singles at Nottingham Tennis Centre, with David Phillipson, Glen Gent and Tony Knappett starting their campaigns with straight sets wins.

Both Reid and British No. 2 Marc McCarroll were given first-round byes as seeded players at the East Midlands tournament.

Hewett overcame Im 6-2 6-1 to progress to the last 16 for the first time since reaching the quarter-final of the ITF Series 1 event in 2012.

World No. 3 Reid is yet to lose a set to Hewett in three previous competitive encounters, with the defending Nottingham Indoor men's champion most recently beating the teenager in the final of the Bolton Arena Indoor Wheelchair Tennis event in February.

"It will be a tough match next against Gordon," said Hewett.

"I find it quite tough when playing against friends and people that you know because they are aware of your weaknesses and strengths, just as you know theirs.

"I just have to try and relax and not get caught up with the occasion too much."

McCarroll begins his tournament against Italy's Silviu Culea, while Phillipson takes on Dutchman Tom Egberink, Gent faces Belgium third seed Joachim Gerard and Knappett meets Argentina's world No. 4 Gustavo Fernandez.

Elsewhere, there are two all-British quad singles quarter-final meetings as Adam Field takes on Nottingham Indoor title holder, world No. 3 and 2014 US Open champion Andy Lapthorne, while Nottinghamshire's James Shaw faces world No. 5 Jamie Burdekin.

In the men's doubles quarter-finals, Hewett teamed up with McCarroll to beat Knappett and Pim Palmen in straight sets.

The British pairing are joined by duo of Im and Rody De Bie and team of Culea and Marco Eggink in the last four, while Stefan Olsson and Phillipson take on Egberink and Maikel Scheffers for the final semi-final spot.

Women's British No. 1 and world No. 6 Jordanne Whiley gets her tournament underway on Thursday against France's Charlotte Famin, when the majority of the 11 players heading from Nottingham to next week’s NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, also start their campaigns.

Organised by the Tennis Foundation, the Nottingham Indoor is an ITF 1 Series event on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour and is held at Nottingham Tennis Centre. The tournament is supported by Nottingham City Council and entry is free to all spectators. For more information please visit www.nottinghamindoor.org.uk/.

Tickets for the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters start at just £10, with children going free, and can be purchased via the tournament website: http://www.wheelchairtennismasters.com/.

 
 

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