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Brits rule at the wheelchair tennis doubles masters

Its great to follow the wheelchair tennis doubles masters tournaments currently although its a shame I can't find it on television. What's more encouraging is that there are 4 British players in the semi-finals ITF Wheelchair Tennis Doubles Masters in California USA.

Many of us have heard of Jordanne Whiley who is playing against fellow Paralympic bronze medallist Lucy Shuker in the ladies semis today. Louise Hunt is in the other semi while Gordon Reid is into the last four of the men's doubles.

Wheelchair tennis at any level is a very involved game and requires great fitness strength and mobility. Their wheelchairs are specialist models with great rigidity and are ultra-light allowing them to make the alarmingly fast turns and sprints on court. Having found some coverage on YouTube it is great to see the dexterity of these wheelchair users and all the better to see that their grit and determination has helped them to become the top in their sport.

So back to the tournament, from what I can tell Whiley and her Japanese partner Yui Kamiji, who are the defending champions also won all four majors in this year !

They are now up against Shuker and Germany's Sabine Ellerbrock and face a tough semi-final match. Shuker and Ellerbrock won both of their pool games and won a tournament together in South Africa earlier this year so they definitely have their work cut out. Good luck and keep it up. Hopefully we can get to see more wheelchair sport on TV before too long.

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