Fever-Tree Championships To Stage New Wheelchair Tennis Tournament at Queen’s Club

The Fever-Tree Championships will stage a wheelchair exhibition tournament at The Queen’s Club for the first time

Marianne Bevis
By Marianne Bevis
Gordon Reid
Wheelchair Tennis star Gordon Reid Photo: Marianne Bevis

The Fever-Tree Championships will stage a wheelchair exhibition tournament at The Queen’s Club for the first time.

British star names to feature will include the current No1, Alfie Hewett, and two-time Grand Slam champion and Paralympic gold-medallist, Gordon Reid, and are among five of the world’s top-10 players due to take part.

The event, organised by the LTA and supported by the Tennis Foundation, will take place on 22-24 June, and will feature singles and doubles action on all three days, weather permitting.

Hewett, said: “To get the opportunity to play an event in the Fever-Tree Championships is one I am thrilled to be involved with. With Wimbledon introducing a singles event for the wheelchair players a few years ago, it really gives us a chance to showcase the sport at the highest of levels on one of the biggest stages on the tour. I have always watched Queen’s on the TV so I can’t wait to experience playing there in front of a home crowd.”

Reid, currently No1 in doubles and former No1 in singles, said: “I’m really looking forward to the opportunity of competing at The Queen’s Club for the first time this year. The Fever-Tree Championships is a tournament I have watched over the years and to have the chance to be a part of the event is exciting for myself and our sport of wheelchair tennis. I hope it is also a positive step forward towards creating a grass court swing on the wheelchair tennis tour.”

Line-up

Alfie Hewett, No1: reigning Roland Garros champion and NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters Singles Champion. The 20 year old made history in becoming the sport’s youngest ever men’s singles world No1 in January this year. Also the reigning US Open and Wimbledon doubles champion with Gordon Reid.

Stephane Houdet, No4 singles: reigning (and 2013) US Open men’s singles champion. Rio Paralympic men’s doubles champion with Nicolas Peifer. Two-time Roland Garros men’s singles champion. 2012 ITF World Champion, 2011 NEC Masters champion.

Gordon Reid, No5: Rio 2016 Paralympic men’s singles gold medallist. Became first Brit to reach No1 in the men’s singles rankings when he ended 2016 as ITF World Champion. 2016 Australian Open and Wimbledon champion, 7-time doubles Grand Slam champion. Reigning US Open and Wimbledon doubles champion with Alfie Hewett.

Nicolas Peifer, No6: Rio Paralympic men’s doubles gold medallist with Houdet. 2017 Australian Open men’s singles finalist. Multiple Grand Slam doubles champion.

Stefan Olsson, No7:Reigning Wimbledon champion, two-time NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters Singles champion. London 2012 men’s doubles gold medallist. Former Wimbledon and US Open men’s doubles champion.
Daniel Caverzaschi, No14: Spanish No1 and the winner of more than 20 international singles titles.

Other stars lined up for Queen’s draws

The men’s singles draw will feature world No1 Rafael Nadal, five-time champion Andy Murray, and Juan Martin del Potro.

The full entry list will be revealed next week.

The event will be covered throughout by BBC television, radio and online, by Amazon Prime Video for the first time, and around the world in more than 40 countries.

Tickets: https://www.lta.org.uk/major-events/fever-tree-championships/tickets/

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