Photo: Philippe BuissinRobin Ammerlaan (NED)
Reigning Junior Masters champion Alfie Hewett and fellow Briton Alex Jewitt will have the distinction of playing the first competitive wheelchair tennis match on Centre Court at Eton Manor, the venue for the London Paralympic Tennis Event, when the Eton Manor Wheelchair Tennis International gets underway on Thursday in Olympic Park.
Claire Wood, Tennis Competition Manager for LOCOG and Mark Bullock, ITF Wheelchair Tennis Manager, welcomed the players and officials to Wednesday’s draw, which was conducted by Referee Anders Wennberg, aided by Germany’s world No. 5 Sabine Ellerbrock.
Ellerbrock made the draws for which seeds went into to the top and bottom of the draw for the men’s singles, but her own participation in the women’s singles has been ruled out due to injury sustained earlier this week when playing in South Africa.
Ellerbrock’s withdrawal means that the women’s singles will be played as a knockout draw consisting of five players, with Britain’s Lucy Shuker and Val Fisher playing each other for the right to face world No. 1 and top seed Esther Vergeer of the Netherlands in the semifinals.
Second seed Jordanne Whiley and Athens 2004 Paralympic Games quarterfinalist Kay Forshaw will contest the other semifinal.
In the men’s singles, Athens 2004 gold medallist Robin Ammerlaan of the Netherlands also has a first round bye and will play either Glen Gent or Jamie Robinson of Great Britain in the quarterfinals.
Sweden’s Anders Hard and Marcus Jonsson have been pitted against each other in the first round of the quad singles, while two-time Paralympic champion and world No. 2 Peter Norfolk has a first round bye and faces a potential semifinal against fellow Briton and world No. 6 Jamie Burdekin.
Matches on the first day of play are scheduled to start at 1000 local time.