Photo: Paul ZimmerShingo Kunieda (JPN)
The draw for the wheelchair tennis event at Roland Garros, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, was conducted on Tuesday afternoon by French men’s tour players Nicolas Mahut and Arnaud Clément, in the presence of the Fédération Française de Tennis (FFT) President Jean Gachassin.
The men’s singles draw has thrown up a mouth watering opening match between defending champion Maikel Scheffers of the Netherlands and Shingo Kunieda of Japan, whose title defence Scheffers ended in the semifinals of last year’s tournament before going on to end Kunieda’s four year reign as ITF World Champion at the end of 2011.
A hand injury ruled 2011 runner-up Nicolas Peifer out of this year’s event on the eve of the tournament, meaning that 2010 Stefan Olsson of Sweden comes into the elite field of eight players. Olsson will play Michael Jeremiasz of France in Wednesday’s quarterfinals
The semifinal in the bottom half of the draw is guaranteed to feature one Frenchman and one Dutchman.
Ronald Vink and Robin Ammerlaan have been drawn to meet each other, while Stephane Houdet and Frederic Cattaneo will contest the other quarterfinal.
Women’s world No. 1 Esther Vergeer will begin her quest for a sixth successive Roland Garros title against the world’s No. 1 ranked junior girl, Yui Kamiji of Japan, who is making her Roland Garros debut this year.
There will be no repeat of the 2011 final as last year’s runner-up Marjolein Buis is drawn in the same half of the draw as Vergeer this year. Buis faces her fellow Dutchwoman Sharon Walraven in her first match at the second Grand Slam of 2012.
There is the possibility of an all-Dutch semifinal line-up as world No. 2 Aniek van Koot takes on Annick Sevenans of Belgium, while Jiske Griffioen plays her first match against Germany’s Sabine Ellerbrock, who plays at Roland Garros for the second successive year.
Wednesday's first day of wheelchair tennis matches at Roland Garros will take place on courts 7, 9 and 11.
Men's Singles Draw
Men's Doubles Draw
Women's Singles Draw
Women's Doubles Draw
Order of Play: Wednesday, 6 June 2012