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Wimbledon wheelchair singles commences

It was good to see Wimbledon's first wheelchair singles matches kicked off yesterday having been a real success at the 2012 Paralympics in London. Wheelchair doubles has been a hit at Wimbledon for some years now since 2001 so it is progression to see the singles come along.

The UK's doubles women's partners Lucy Shuker and Jorndanne While are first to play but this time head to head in the first quarter finals, Jordanne had this to say about the event at Wimbledon "I’m here to win Wimbledon singles. For us to be able to showcase our sport to the highest level in the singles event is just absolutely fantastic.”

In the mens game, the Scotsman Gordon Reid who is currently World No. 3 is looking forward to his matches having already had success this year by winning the Australian Open singles, he said “I’m just really excited to get going. I grew up watching Wimbledon on TV, mainly the singles event. It was always a dream of mine to play singles here.” Gordon is dues to play Frenchman Nicolas Peifer in the quarter-finals.

In total, five British players from the Tennis Foundation’s wheelchair tennis world class programme are among the 16 playing at the championships. In the women’s draw Louise Hunt, 25, faces Marjolein Buis from the Netherlands, and in the men’s draw Alfie Hewett, 18, from Norfolk, faces Dutchman Joachim Gerard.

For those of you who are unfamiliar, it is a fantastic watch and very similar however in wheelchair tennis the ball is allowed to bounce twice. The rate at which the courts are covered in these bespoke sports wheelchairs is nothing short of amazing and the individuals talent and fitness is very impressive. We wish the British players all the best of luck.

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