Great Britain’s Rio Paralympian Antony Cotterill and defending men’s and women’s champions Asif Abbasi and Busra Un are among more than 40 players representing 15 countries who will contest the Wrexham Wheelchair Tennis Tournament from 19th to 21st October.
This weekend’s tournament marks the sixth successive year that Wrexham Tennis Centre has hosted the ITF Futures Series event organised by the Tennis Foundation and supported by Tennis Wales.
The sixth of seven British-based world ranking tournaments on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour in 2018, this year’s tournament will see Cotterill attempt to go one better than last year as he bids to break new ground and earn his first international men’s singles title.
The winner of 39 international quad singles and doubles events, Cotterill reached last year’s men’s singles final in Wrexham before Abbasi went on to claim his first international title.
Whilst playing under the national flag of his native Pakistan, London-based Abbasi is one of several players competing in Wrexham who have enjoyed considerable success in recent seasons in the Roma Sport National Wheelchair Tennis Series, the Tennis Foundation’s calendar of domestic tournaments for players of all abilities, from beginners upwards.
With Spanish and Italian players set to top the seeding for the men’s singles, Scotland’s Ruairi Logan, Britain’s top ranked junior, is among the leading home contenders after winning the men’s’ doubles last year with fellow Brit Scott Smith. Welsh interest comes into the form of Ben Johnson-Rolfe, who reached the men’s doubles final in 2017 with another fellow Brit, Mark Langeveld.
While Turkey’s reigning champion Un and Dutch player Donna Jansen are set to be among the leading contenders for the women’s singles, the British challenge will include last year’s runner-up Fay Dutfield-Horton, who reached her first international singles final in Wrexham 12 months, 2015 champion Debbie Brazier and former National Championships finalist Caroline MacDonald.
Like Johnson-Rolfe in the men’s singles, Newport-based Brazier brings a Welsh flavour to the women’s entry along with Johnson Rolfe’s fellow Cardiff Metropolitan University student Fran Smith.
Claire McCulloch, the Tennis Foundation’s Interim Disability Competitions Manager and Tournament Director for Wrexham Wheelchair Tennis Tournament, said.
“We are delighted to have such a strong and diverse international entry for this year’s Wrexham ITF Futures, with a talented pol of home-grown talent who will be challenging for major honours once again. For anyone who has never seen wheelchair tennis I would encourage you to come and watch some tremendous sport and find out more about opportunities to play at all levels.”
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