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Hewett and Reid lead British hopes at US Open

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Alfie Hewett will look to claim a second Grand Slam victory in 2017 while Gordon Reid returns to defend his doubles title as wheelchair tennis makes its tenth visit to the US Open.

British players have enjoyed plenty of success at Flushing Meadows, with Jordanne Whiley winning the women’s singles competition in 2015.

Whiley is absent from the event this year as she is expecting her first child, but Lucy Shuker is ready to take up the mantle in the women’s singles.

In the quads, Andy Lapthorne returns to the courts where he won his first Grand Slam singles title in 2014.

The history

The US Open Wheelchair Competition first took place in 2005 with just men’s and women’s singles events.

Quad singles and doubles were added in 2007 and Great Britain’s Peter Norfolk won the singles title.

Now with six different events for players to contest, the competition makes its return to Flushing Meadows after being removed from last year’s schedule because of the Paralympic Games.

The format

The event runs from September 7-10 with draws including men’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s singles, women’s doubles, quad singles and quad doubles.

There will be stiff competition for finals places with 17 of the top 20 wheelchair tennis players from around the world, including the top seven men, top seven women and top three quads, set to play on the famous blue courts.

The men’s and women’s singles draws contain eight players, while there will be four pairings in the men’s and women’s doubles – meaning just one win is required to reach the final.

In the quads competition, four men’s players bid for their share of the $200,000 purse.

The draw

Seeded second in the men’s singles, 2015 US Open doubles champion Gordon Reid will take on Joachim Gerard of Belgium in the first round.

Fellow Brit Alfie Hewett, seeded fourth, will also be vying for the singles title, but must first make it past Japan’s Shingo Kunieda.

In the women’s singles, three-time Paralympian Lucy Shuker looks to claim her first major title and faces top seed, Japan's Yui Kamiji, in round one.

Quads world No.3 Andy Lapthorne will reach the final if he can defeat Australian Dylan Alcott in his opening match.

In the men’s doubles, Reid and Hewett will take on Kunieda and Argentine Gustavo Fernandez for a place in the final.

Elsewhere Shuker and Kamiji, drawn against each other in the singles, will team up in the women’s doubles against American Dana Mathewson and Aniek van Koot of the Netherlands.

Where to watch

Follow the Brits in wheelchair tennis action at the US Open with ParalympicsGB

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