07 Jun 2017

Roland Garros wheelchair tennis draw made in Paris

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Photo: Takeo TanumaGordon Reid (GBR)

The Roland Garros wheelchair tennis draw was made in Paris on Wednesday, with 2016 men’s singles finalists Gustavo Fernandez and Gordon Reid drawn to meet each other in Thursday’s first round.

Former champions Stephane Houdet and Shingo Kunieda will also play each other for a place in the semifinals, while the women’s singles features two all-Dutch quarterfinals.  

The second Grand Slam on the 2017 UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour takes place from 8-10 June.

With the top seven ranked men's and women's singles players at the entry cut-off of 17 April, plus one wild card in each event, making up the full complement of 16 players, Netherlands’ Maikel Scheffers is one of four former champions in the men’s singles.

Scheffers will contest his latest Roland Garros after the withdrawal of Rio Paralympic bronze medallist Joachim Gerard, who is recovering from recent shoulder surgery.

Scheffers, the 2011 champion, will line-up alongside Argentina’s reigning champion Fernandez, 2012 and 2013 champion Houdet and six-time champion Shingo Kunieda, who has been awarded the men’s wild card this year.

Fernandez, who win his first Grand Slam singles title on the clay in Paris in 2016, will be aiming two win his second straight major after clinching he Australian Open crown in January,         

While reaching all three Grand Slam singles finals last season, current world No. 1 Reid, who received his 2016 World Champion’s trophy on Tuesday night in Paris, won the Australian Open and Wimbledon. Stefan Olsson of Sweden, who was runner-up to Reid at Wimbledon in 2016, faces Roland Garros debutant and Rio Paralympic silver medallist Alfie Hewett in the first round in Paris.

Houdet and Kunieda are set to face each other at Roland Garros for the first time since meeting in four successive finals on the clay between 2012 and 2015, with Houdet having won the title in 2012 and 2013 and Kunieda winning he last two of his six titles in 2014 and 2015.

While Houdet leads the home challenge again this year, Peifer faces Scheffers in his opening match on Thursday, with the Frenchman aiming to reach his second Grand Slam final of the year

Griffioen to face van Koot for a place in women’s semis

The women’s singles at Roland Garros has had four different winners in each of the last four years and all four recent champions are among this year’s entry.

They include Marjolein Buis of Netherlands, who won her first Grand Slam singles title in Paris in 2016, and Buis’s compatriot and current world No. 1 Jiske Griffioen.

Griffioen, the 2015 Roland Garros champion, is set to make her return to tournament competition for the first time since finishing runner-up to Japan’s Yui Kamiji at the Australian Open in January.

Top seed Griffioen opens her title defence against her compatriot and three-time runner-up Aniek van Koot, who will be hoping she can progress and go one better than when reaching the final in 2012, 2014 and 2015.

The only one of the quartet of Dutch entries to be making her Roland Garros debut is world No. 3 Diede de Groot. Twenty-year-old de Groot is likely to provide a tough challenge for Buis as the world No. 5 opens her title defence on Thursday. De Groot was won their last four meetings.   

Kamiji, the 2014 champion, and Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany, the 2013 champion, will also bid to be crowned winner at Roland Garros for the second time.

Kamiji, who arrives in Paris on the back of a hat-trick of singles titles in Asia, faces Charlotte Famin in her opening Roland Garros match this year after Famin was awarded the women’s wild card for the fourth successive year.

Jordanne Whiley, the 2015 US Open women’s singles champion, is set to make her 2017 debut after recovering from injury. Whiley, who beat Griffioen in the first round last year, meets Ellerbrock this year in a rematch of their 2016 semifinal – a contest that Ellerbrock won in three sets.

Men's Singles  Men's Doubles  Women's Singles  Women's Doubles  

(Figures in brackets denote world ranking at entry cut-off of 17 April)

Men Women
Stephane Houdet (FRA) (1) Jiske Griffioen (NED) (1)
Gordon Reid (GBR) (2) Yui Kamiji (JPN) (2)
Gustavo Fernandez (ARG) (4) Diede de Groot (NED) (3)
Nicolas Peifer (FRA) (5) Marjolein Buis (NED) (4)
Stefan Olsson (SWE) (6) Aniek van Koot (NED) (5)
Alfie Hewett (GBR) (7) Sabine Ellerbrock (GER) (6)
Maikel Scheffers (NED) (8) Jordanne Whiley (GBR) (7)
Shingo Kunieda (JPN) (11) (WC) Charlotte Famin (FRA) (14) (WC)