Three-time men’s doubles champion Shingo Kunieda will make his singles debut at The Championships, Wimbledon, Great Britain, as 16 of the world’s top players line-up for the third wheelchair tennis Grand Slam of 2017, from 13-16 July.
Eight of the current world's Top 10 men and women are among the entries, with Kunieda awarded a wild card for the men’s event, having been world ranked No. 11 at the entry cut-off.
Gordon Reid and Jiske Griffioen won the inaugural Wimbledon men’s and women’s singles wheelchair tennis titles in 2016. Both players are returning to try and defend their titles. Reid is joined by fellow Brit Alfie Hewett, who won the Wimbledon men’s doubles with Reid in 2016, before picking up his first singles Grand Slam at the French Open this year. Australian Open champion Gustavo Fernandez from Argentina is also in the field.
Yui Kamiji will arrive at Wimbledon this year having won both the Australian Open and Roland Garros women’s singles titles so far this season. The Japanese star had her 30-match winning streak recently ended by Griffioen at the BNP Paribas Open de France Super Series, but is currently still on track to become the first player to win all four Grand Slam women’s singles titles in the same season.
The total prize money for the wheelchair tennis singles and doubles events at Wimbledon 2017 is £250,000, a 25 per cent increase on 2016.
The wheelchair tennis draw will take place next Tuesday (11 July).
Full story can be found on the ITF’s website.