Photo: Richard DedorGreg Hasterok (USA)
The Florida Open, the second of the six Super Series tournaments on the 2012 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, gets underway today in Boca Raton, with 13 of the top 15 men, including nine of the world’s top 10, all 13 top ranked women and eight of the top 10 ranked quad singles players in action.
Both world No. 1 ranked Dutch players head the entries and are defending champions in both the men’s and women’s singles. Maikel Scheffers won his first Florida Open men’s title in 2011, while Esther won her eighth-time Florida Open women’s title last year.
World No. 1 Peter Norfolk of Great Britain sets out to defend the quad singles title, having won his sixth Florida Open crown in 2011.
After the draw for this week’s event was made on Tuesday in Boca Raton, there are fascinating first round match-ups to come, with Frenchmen Frederic Cattaneo and Frederic Cazeaudumec set to meet, while last week’s Pensacola Open quarterfinalist Gordon Reid of Great Britain faces Sweden’s world No. 8 Stefan Olsson and Belgium’s Joachim Gerard plays world No. 9 Satoshi Saida of Japan.
Dutch world No. 9 Sharon Walraven plays world No. 12 Jordanne Whiley of Great Britain, while world No.16 Kanako Domori of Japan plays Korea’s world No. 20 Ju-Yeon Park.
Germany’s world No. 11 Katharina Kruger and American Emmy Kaiser will also go head-to-head for a place in the second round.
While all eight seeds have first round byes in the quad singles, first round contests include South Africa’s Lucas Sithole against Japan’s Mitsuteru Moroishi and Canada’s Sarah Hunter against American Greg Hasterok.