ParalympicsGB’s wheelchair tennis team is here!
Ten members of ParalympicsGB’s wheelchair tennis squad for this year’s Paralympics in Rio were announced today, including 2015 US Open champion Jordanne Whiley and 2016 Australian Open champ Gordon Reid.
In terms of Paralympic medal haul, the team’s Andy Lapthorne has the most silverware after his efforts in London 2012, where he won in the quad category with Peter Norfolk OBE.
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Lapthorne is not the only Paralympic medallist in the supercharged squad. Whiley and Lucy Shuker won Paralympic bronze together in the women’s doubles in 2012, with Whiley continuing her competitive success with seven Grand Slam titles in doubles matches and being crowned US Open Singles Champion.
Whiley was also winner of the 2016 Roland Garros Doubles tournament — her second time doing so.
“It’s great to be on the plane to Rio. Obviously winning silver in my first Paralympics in London was very nice, but I’ve put four years of hard work in to make sure I’m best prepared to go one better in doubles in Rio and hopefully all the way in singles, too.”
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“I’m delighted to be selected for Rio. This will be my third Paralympic Games and this is the one where I will be looking to bring home two gold medals. I’ve been working so hard for the last four years for this moment, so I fully intend to grab it with two hands.”
Whiley’s London 2012 partner Shuker has gone on to have her own success, becoming a finalist in the 2013 Australian Open and winning multiple titles at Super Series and ITF1 competitions.
Louise Hunt joins them in the women’s event in her second Paralympic Games after winning several medal for GB at the annual World Team Cup event.
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In the men’s event, Scots boy Gordon Reid — currently ranked world number 3 — will be taking on the world as part of ParalympicsGB 2016 in his third Games.
He is joined by rising star Alfie Hewett, former world junior number 1 and winner of Junior Masters singles and doubles titles consistently between 2012-2014.
“I’m very proud to have been named in the ParalympicsGB team for my third games. Along with my team up in Scotland I have been putting in a lot of hard work since London 2012 and this selection gives me the perfect opportunity to show the fruits of that hard work on the world stage. It’s a special feeling to represent Great Britain and I’ll continue to do everything I can to get myself in the best shape possible to succeed in Rio.”
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The quad division, for those with upper and lower body impairments, remains a highly competitive event. Lapthorne and fellow 2012 Paralympian Jamie Burdekin will take on the quad division for GB, building on his 2008 Beijing bronze.
Geraint Richards, Team Leader for wheelchair tennis, said:
“I’m very proud of the ten players selected from the Tennis Foundation’s world class performance programme to go to Rio as they have all been working incredibly hard to rise up the rankings and secure their place. With so many recent Grand Slam successes our hopes and expectations are high for medals at the Games and I’m sure they will all do ParalympicsGB proud come September.”
Learn more about Paralympics in Rio here: https://www.paralympic.org/rio-2016