Wheelchair Tennis Masters on the move

Loughborough to host tournament after three years in London. 09 Aug 2017
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Alfie Hewett won his maiden Grand Slam singles title at the French Open in June 2017.

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Great Britain will stage the 2017 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters for a fourth consecutive year, from 29 November-3 December, as announced by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

After three years being held at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, this time the tournament moves to Loughborough.

Competitions will take place at the Loughborough University's state-of-the-art indoor tennis centre, which was selected by the Tennis Foundation. It will feature the top eight men, top eight women and top six quad players.

Tickets are available now at www.wheelchairtennismasters.com, priced just GBP 8 for adults, with half price concessions and under 18’s just GBP 1. The event will include a fun activity zone for children and adults alike to give tennis a go.

As part of a community outreach programme, special arrangements are in place for schools and community groups that want to attend the competition. Any formally organised group of people such as clubs, societies, voluntary organisations and charities are invited – groups can register their interest by emailing info@tennisfoundation.org.uk.

Joanna Farquharson, Deputy Executive Director of the Tennis Foundation, said: “We are delighted to be able to bring the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters to the East Midlands. The Tennis Foundation has been delivering world class tennis events for disabled people for over twenty-five years, using them as an opportunity to encourage more people to play and watch this fantastic sport.

“We have enjoyed record crowds and live TV coverage for the last three years we have hosted the Masters, and so we are really excited to be able to bring the event to Loughborough. We’d encourage everyone to come along and witness the world’s best wheelchair tennis players showcasing their outstanding abilities.”

Loughborough University’s Tennis Programme Director Helen Reesby added: “We are delighted to be hosting the 2017 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters for the first time here at Loughborough University. This is an inspirational and prestigious event and we are looking forward to welcoming the best players in the world, and their coaching teams, onto campus for what promises to be a fantastic five days of tennis.”

The 2017 edition will be the 24th ITF Masters tournament since the inaugural event in the Netherlands in 1994.

ITF President David Haggerty said: “The ITF is delighted that the 2017 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters will be moving to a new home in Loughborough for 2017, with Loughborough University renowned for its world class sporting tradition. The region has a long history of hosting world class wheelchair tennis events staged by the Tennis Foundation, including the British Open Super Series and three editions of the World Team Cup, the ITF’s flagship wheelchair tennis team event.”

Full story is available on the ITF’s website.