International wheelchair tennis comes to Oxfordshire for the first time this week when the White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre hosts the inaugural Abingdon Futures tournament (25-27 October).
The last of seven world ranking events on the International Tennis Federation’s UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, the tournament will feature 39 players from 12 countries. The leading British entries include Paralympian Antony Cotterill, as well as individuals from Great Britain’s silver and bronze medal-winning teams from this year’s World Team Cup.
Sue Auger, Tennis Manager at White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre, said:. “We hope the event will create a lot of interest and be well attended. We already have a well-established disability tennis programme here at the Centre, but this event will further help promote this amazing sport particularly with, the Paralympics coming up in Tokyo next year.”
Two-time Paralympian Louise Hunt heads the entry for the women’s singles as the former world No. 10 bids for a second singles title of 2019. Hunt will line up alongside multiple National Champion Lauren Jones, with both players hoping to earn valuable world ranking points in their bid to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.
Also among the women’s singles entries will be Norfolk’s Ruby Bishop, who attends individual and group training sessions at the White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre on a weekly basis with former Paralympian-turned coach Marc McCarroll.
Speaking ahead of the tournament, Bishop said: “I’ve only started playing in international events this season and to have the opportunity to play a tournament at one of my home training bases is really exciting.”
Rio Paralympian, Cotterill, who is among the leading British players in the quad singles rankings for players who have an impairment in three or more limbs, will also take his place in the men’s singles draw in Abingdon as he seeks to test himself against unfamiliar opposition.
Play is scheduled to start at 9am from Friday 25th October to Sunday 27th October. Entry is free for spectators.