The top men and women’s Wheelchair Tennis players, including world number ones Esther Vergeer (NED) and Shingo Kunieda (JAP), are heading to Amsterdam, the Netherlands, next week to compete in the 2010 NEC Singles Masters.
The tournament, taking place from 17-21 November, will see the top eight men and top eight women Wheelchair Tennis players compete in two pools of four with the top two in each progressing to the semi-finals. In the quad competition the top four players will compete in a round robin format.
In the women’s competition Esther Vergeer is looking for her thirteenth successive NEC Singles Master title, having claimed her twelfth last year with victory over compatriot Korie Homan.
Likewise Dutch player Maikel Scheffers will be looking to defend the men’s title he won last year by defeating compatriot Robin Ammerlaan in three sets.
In the quad division, Britain’s Peter Norfolk will face the American pair of David Wagner and Nick Taylor as well as Sweden’s Johan Andersson in an effort to retain his world number one ranking.
Just four days later, most of the players competing in Amsterdam will travel to Palazzolo, Italy, to play in the 2010 Camozzi Doubles Masters.
Eight men’s, four women’s and four quad doubles will play each other in Palazzolo and the entries into the competition are proof that the Netherland continue to be the dominant force in Wheelchair Tennis.
While Maikel Scheffers will be teaming up with compatriot Ronald Vink to challenge the top ranked pairing of Stephane Houdet (FRA) and Robin Ammerlaan (NED), the Netherlands duo of Sharon Walraven and Aniek Van Koot, the world number ones, will be looking to secure the women’s title.
The British pairing of David Wagner and Nick Taylor will start as the favourites in the quad division.