Bolton Arena hosts the International Tennis Federation UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour

An array of the best wheelchair tennis players grace the courts of Bolton Arena as it hosts the first two Lawn Tennis Association International Wheelchair Tennis Tournaments of the year.

February has traditionally featured the first two UK tournaments of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, and Bolton Arena is hosting an ITF 2 tournament for the first time since 2014.

And because the 2021 tournament was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the venue is also hosting the Bolton Indoor tournament, which will precede the ITF 2 event.

Players from 22 countries will line up to play in both tournaments, including British women’s number one and three-time Paralympic medalist Lucy Shuker.

LTA Tournament Director Kirsty Thomson said: “We are delighted to bring international wheelchair tennis back to Bolton Arena and are very pleased with the quality and depth of entry in the year following the Games. Paralympics.

“Having back-to-back tournaments in the same venue allows us to showcase some of the best players in the world, while also providing opportunities for players aspiring to reach the top, including Britain’s top juniors.”

American world number eight Dana Mathewson and Chinese world number nine Zenzhen Zhu also compete alongside two-time Bolton Indoor champion and world number three Aniek van Koot of the Netherlands,

Fellow countryman and Tokyo 2020 men’s singles silver medalist Tom Egberink tops the men’s entry for ITF 2, with fellow Dutchman Ruben Spaargaren leading a selection of the top 25 men’s players in the world in this weekend’s ITF 3 tournament.

Britain’s number three Dermot Bailey will top the men’s singles home standings at both tournaments alongside 16-year-old Ben Bartram and Dahnon Ward.

Ben and Dahon recently returned from the Junior Masters of wheelchair tennis in France as winner and runner-up in the boys’ singles and winners of the boys’ doubles at the first annual wheelchair tennis tournament for players 18 and under.

Andy Lapthorne, Britain’s number one and 15-time Grand Slam champion, will be looking for his third Bolton Indoor title in the single quad, for players with disabilities of three or more limbs.

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