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Wheelchair tennis players aiming to serve up Paralympic success in Rio

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on 28-06-2016 10:35

Meet the ten wheelchair tennis players, including 2015 US Open champion Jordanne Whiley and 2016 Australian Open champion Gordon Reid, selected to ParalympicsGB today from New Palace Yard under Big Ben in the Houses of Parliament. 

London 2012 silver medallist Andy Lapthorne is the most successful player on the team in terms of Paralympic medals. He partnered Peter Norfolk OBE to win silver four years ago in the quad category, and will be back competing in Rio in both the singles and doubles events. 

"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." Andy Lapthorne

Lapthorne said: “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.”

Lapthorne is joined by two other Paralympic medallists, Lucy Shuker and Jordanne Whiley, who together won Paralympic bronze in the women’s doubles event at London 2012. Whiley has since gone on to notch up seven Grand Slam doubles titles including the 2015 Australian Open and Wimbledon doubles crowns, as well as being the 2015 US Open Singles Champion. More recently she won the 2016 Roland Garros Doubles tournament for the second time and was a semi-finalist in the singles. 

"This will be my third Paralympic Games and this is the one where I will be looking to bring home two gold medals." Jordanne Whiley

Whiley said: “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.”

Shuker is a 2013 Australian Open finalist and a multi-title-winner at Super Series and ITF1 competitions. Also selected in the women’s event is Louise Hunt, who will compete at her second Games. A winner of multiple titles at ITF2 level competition, Hunt has also won several medals for Great Britain at the annual World Team Cup event. 

In the men’s equivalent category, the selected players include Gordon Reid, currently ranked world number 3 and recent winner of the 2016 Australian Open men’s singles event. A huge Rangers fan, Reid has a tremendous following from his home city Glasgow. 

“I'm very proud to have been named in the ParalympicsGB team for my third games." Gordon Reid

Reid said: “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.”

Reid is joined by former world junior number 1 Alfie Hewett, a Norfolk-based teenager who has won the Junior Masters singles and doubles titles every year from 2012-2014. He is a regular in the World Team Cup team for Great Britain. 

The men’s team is completed by Marc McCarroll and David Phillipson, both of whom played alongside Hewett as part of the team that won gold at the 2015 World Team Cup. Phillipson’s family are particularly supportive of their son’s career, with mum Anne at one point doing a parachute jump to raise money for David’s tennis career.

In the highly competitive quad division – for those with impairment that affects the upper as well as lower body - Andy Lapthorne is selected alongside fellow London 2012 Paralympian, Jamie Burdekin, a Merseysider and former Marine. Burdekin already has a Paralympic medal to his name, having won 2008 bronze in quad doubles with Peter Norfolk at Beijing Paralympics. 

The team is completed by Antony Cotterill, a Yorkshireman who has been playing wheelchair tennis since finding the sport while rehabilitating from breaking his neck. Cotterill is a regular finalist at ITF 1 events. 

“This is a very strong line-up of wheelchair tennis players and I am so proud to be announcing them today." Penny Briscoe

Penny Briscoe, Chef de Mission for ParalympicsGB, said: “This is a very strong line-up of wheelchair tennis players and I am so proud to be announcing them today. Their performances over the last four years really speak for themselves and I have every confidence that they will excel this summer in Rio. 

“I would like to pay credit to Geraint and his team at the Tennis Foundation for a fantastic job in delivering these athletes to this point and I know they will be working hard over the coming weeks to finalise preparations.”

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.”

The selected athletes are:

Jamie Burdekin - quad
Home town: Liverpool
Main training base: South Ribble Tennis Centre, Preston

Antony Cotterill - quad
Home town: Macclesfield
Lives: Wortley, South Yorkshire
Main training base: Loughborough and Leeds 

Alfie Hewett – men’s
Home town: Cantley, Norfolk
Main training base: Norwich

Louise Hunt – women’s 
Home town: Wanborough, Swindon
Main training base: Wootton Bassett and Swindon

Andy Lapthorne – quad
Home town: Hammersmith, London
Lives: Eastcote
Main training base: Bisham Abbey

Marc McCarroll – men’s 
Home town: Harrow
Lives: Ickenham
Main training base: Bisham Abbey

David Phillipson – men’s
Home town: Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
Lives: Bingham, Nottinghamshire
Main training base: Derby

Gordon Reid – men’s
Home town: Alexandria
Lives: Glasgow
Main training base: Stirling

Lucy Shuker – women’s
Home town: Fleet, Hampshire
Main training base: Taunton

Jordanne Whiley – women’s
Home town: Halesowen
Lives: Ickenham
Main training base: Bisham Abbey

The announcement bring the number of selected athletes for ParalympicsGB to 171 across 14 sports.

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