Photo: James Jordan / Tennis FoundationShingo Kunieda (JPN)
The International Tennis Federation confirmed the acceptance list for the Wheelchair Tennis Event at the Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games. The Asian Para Games will be held in Incheon, South Korea on 18-24 October 2014.
A total of 51 players from 12 countries will compete at the venue for six gold medals, with singles and doubles competitions held in men’s, women’s and quad categories. The men’s and women’s singles champions will automatically qualify for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Tennis Event.
Singles entries were a combination of direct acceptances based on the ITF wheelchair world ranking of 11 August 2014 and Bipartite Commission Invitation places. Each nation is only permitted to have three men and women and two quad players representing them in the competition.
Japan’s Shingo Kunieda will be looking to defend both his men’s singles and doubles gold medals. Kunieda, the current World No.1, dropped just six games en route to the men’s singles final in 2010. He also won gold in the men’s singles at the London 2012 Paralympics, becoming the first player to win back-to-back Paralympic Games men's singles gold medals.
Defending women singles champion Sakhorn Khanthasit of Thailand will also be looking to regain her title, but faces stiff competition from women’s world No.1 Yui Kamiji (JPN). Kamiji has become a force on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour in recent seasons, rising up through the women’s ranking and winning the 2013 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters as well as the women’s singles at Roland Garros in 2014.
A quad event is featuring for the first time in the Asian Para Games competition. Mitsuteru Moroishi of Japan comes into the competition as the highest ranked player at No.13 in the ITF Wheelchair Tennis quad singles ranking, with compatriot Shota Kawano ranked just two places below him.
Please view the PDF below for the full list of entries.