01 Jul 2013

Defending champions return to Wimbledon

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Photo: Ian FarrantAniek van Koot and Jiske Griffioen (NED)

Sixteen of the world’s top wheelchair tennis players will participate in the 2013 Wimbledon
Wheelchair Doubles Event in London on 5-7 July. Four men’s doubles and four women’s doubles pairs will contest the event, which is one of the four Grand Slam tournaments on the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

The men’s doubles entries include defending champions Tom Egberink of the Netherlands and Michael Jeremiasz of France, as well as reigning Doubles Masters champions Stephane Houdet of France and Shingo Kunieda of Japan, the world’s top two ranked men’s singles players.

Houdet and Kunieda recently won their second Roland Garros title and were runners-up at Wimbledon in 2010. They arrive at Wimbledon this year on the back of winning the men's doubles over the weekend at the BNP Paribas Open de France, the fourth Super Series event of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

The women’s doubles event features reigning Wimbledon and Doubles Masters champions Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot of the Netherlands. Griffioen and van Koot have also won the 2013 Australian Open and Roland Garros titles since winning their maiden Wimbledon title in 2012.

Last year’s Wimbledon runners-up, Lucy Shuker and Jordanne Whiley, play with different doubles partners this year, with Shuker partnering Dutchwoman Marjolein Buis, with whom she finished runner-up at the Australian Open in January. Whiley will team up with Japan’s Yui Kamiji, the duo having won the women's doubles over the weekend in Paris to remain unbeaten in two tournaments togeher following their earlier success at the Korea Open.

The NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, organised by the ITF and sponsored by NEC, has one of the most advanced and far-reaching tournament calendars and ranking systems in international disability sport. The Tour includes wheelchair tennis events at all four Grand Slams, with total prize money of more than one million US dollars.

The 2013 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour started on January 2, 2013, with the Queensland Open in Australia. This year, the NEC Tour consists of more than 160 tournaments in over 30 countries.

The NEC Wheelchair Tennis Rankings are updated weekly by the ITF, with over 600 men, 190 women and 65 quad players from over 50 countries featured on the current rankings.

The NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour has events at a variety of levels, from the ITF Futures Series through to the four Grand Slam events.

The NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour is part of the NEC Make-a-Difference Drive of volunteer opportunities for NEC employees. NEC employees volunteer for the Tour in such positions as linespeople, ballpersons and interpreters.

Looking forward, NEC will continue to develop its role in the Wheelchair Tennis Tour as part of becoming a leading global company that leverages the power of innovation to realise an information society friendly to people and the earth.

Wimbledon Wheechair Doubles Event Draws