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Paralympic tennis stars in London

11:15 20 November 2015

London's Andy Lapthorne will be in action at the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters event at Lee Valley (pic: James Jordan)

London's Andy Lapthorne will be in action at the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters event at Lee Valley (pic: James Jordan)

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Lee Valley to host NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters

A young boy hits out at an activity zone ahead of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters event at Lee Valley (pic: James Jordan)A young boy hits out at an activity zone ahead of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters event at Lee Valley (pic: James Jordan)

Locals will have the chance to see a host of Paralympic tennis stars in action when the prestigious NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters event takes place at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.

The NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters, which runs from December 2-6, is the most prestigious wheelchair tennis event outside of the four Grand Slam tournaments (including Wimbledon).

It features the world’s best male and female wheelchair and quad tennis players (athletes with disability in three or more limbs), all of whom are Paralympic medal contenders for Rio 2016.

And as well as a host of international tennis stars, four British players have qualified for the season-ending tournament, including Londoner Andy Lapthorne, Scotsman Gordon Reid, West Country-born Lucy Shuker and the country’s most successful tennis player, Jordan Whiley.

Based in Uxbridge, Whiley won her debut major singles title at the US Open earlier this year and has another six Grand Slam titles to her name in doubles.

“I love playing in front of large crowds, especially my home crowd,” said Whiley, who won a Paralympic bronze medal with Shuker at the same venue in London 2012.

“The British public are so great at getting behind their athletes, so I’d appeal to them to come along and do what you do best – cheer loudly!

“I didn’t expect so many people to come and support us at the last year’s Masters with it being the first year that it was held in London, so I was pleasantly surprised and I hope everyone who came last year will come back, and the increasing profile of our sport will encourage plenty to come throughout the week, too.

“It’s been an amazing year for me so far and I can’t wait to play at the Masters in December and I want to win that too in front of a home crowd.”

The tournament also features local children as ballkids with children from St Pauls Way in Tower Hamlets alongside others who have been training hard in preparation for their big moment on court.

As well as world-class tennis, the tournament offers plenty of fun for the whole family and will include an large activity zone where children and adults can give tennis a try and get involved.

Tickets are available for the NEC Wheelchair Masters 2015 at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre and start from as little as £10 per adult and £1 per child.

Call 0871 231 0847 (calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras) or buy tickets online at wheelchairtennis.seetickets.com.

FAMILY TICKET GIVEAWAY: We’re giving five local families the chance to come and soak up the atmosphere and join in the fun.

We have five family tickets to give away, which allows entry for two adults and up to four children. Email your details to sport@newhamrecorder.co.uk to be entered into a draw.

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