Over 60 world-ranked wheelchair tennis players from 21 countries are set to grace the city for the annual Preston Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament.Advertisement
This will mark the tournament’s 12th year as one of the six British-based world ranked events on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour.
The contest is organised and supported by Great Britain’s leading tennis charity, the Tennis Foundation.
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Taking place at South Ribble Tennis Centre from Thursday 15 – Sunday 18 February, the tournament will provide world class wheelchair tennis before it continues at the Bolton Indoor ITF2.
This year’s line-up features a wealth of the top 25 wheelchair tennis players and British home-grown talent, including the North West’s own Nathaniel Lowe-Cordingley and Helen Bond, who will participate in the men’s and women’s draws.
World-ranked number ten Takuya Miki, Great Britain’s former National Champion Dermot Bailey and recent Junior Masters boys’ doubles champion Ruairi Logan are set to compete in the men’s singles.
The women’s singles will see the likes of world-ranked number ten and defending champion Dana Mathewson take to the court.
Two-time Paralympian Louise Hunt and National champion Lauren Jones head up the British challenge, with Hunt a former Preston Indoor champion.
Rio Paralympian Antony Cotterill, along with James Shaw and Richard Green will be making up a talented trio competing in the quad singles title, with Cotterill bidding to better last year’s runner-up position.
Kirsty Thomson, Tennis Foundation Tournament Director, said: “We are thrilled to be hosting our world-class tournament in Preston once again.
“There’s always a great atmosphere in the tennis centre and to have so many British and international wheelchair tennis stars returning to the North West year after year is representative of that.
“We’re looking forward to kicking off the first of our international events here and hope the public will come down to watch some of our home-grown talent!”
Entry for the event is free, and the games will start at 9am each day.
You can find out about the Tennis Foundation’s work with disability tennis online, or by emailing.
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