Wheelchair tennis at Tokyo Paralympics: All you should know

Britain's Gordon Reid
Gordon Reid might be aiming to retain his Paralympic crown in Tokyo
Venue: Tokyo, Japan Dates: 24 August-5 September Time in Tokyo: BST +8
Protection: Observe on Radio 5 Reside and on the BBC Sport web site

Key data

Dates: 27 August-4 September

Venue: Ariake Tennis Park

Gold medals on provide: Six

How does it work?

Wheelchair tennis is broadly much like the non-disabled sport however with a few key variations.

Gamers can permit the ball to bounce twice and whereas the primary bounce should be contained in the court docket boundaries, the second may be inside or outdoors.

As well as, on the serve, the server should be in a stationary place earlier than serving the ball, however is allowed one push of the wheelchair earlier than hanging the ball.

Matches are the most effective of three units and a tie-break settles every set as required.

Gamers compete within the males’s, ladies’s and quad divisions. The lads’s and girls’s division is for gamers whose impairment impacts as much as two limbs whereas these whose impairment impacts three or extra limbs compete within the mixed-sex quad division.

Who’re the British medal hopes?

Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett took singles gold and silver in Rio, plus doubles silver, and each might be robust contenders once more. Jordanne Whiley and Lucy Shuker might be bidding to win one other doubles medal whereas within the quad division, Andy Lapthorne might be difficult so as to add to his medal tally.

Who’re the opposite challengers?

Hosts Japan have two robust contenders in Shingo Kunieda, the present males’s primary, and Yui Kamiji, the world quantity two within the ladies’s sport. Kunieda gained gold in Beijing and London however missed out in Rio whereas Kamiji gained bronze 5 years in the past. The Dutch are all the time robust, notably within the ladies’s sport, with Diede de Groot chasing her first particular person gold.

Do you know?

Main participant Kgothatso Montjane, generally known as KG, was the primary black South African girl to compete at Wimbledon when she took half in 2018 and is a six-time winner of her nation’s Sportswoman of the Yr with a Incapacity award.

ParalympicsGB Rio 2016 medals

Six – one gold (Gordon Reid), three silver (Alfie Hewett, Hewett & Reid, Andy Lapthorne) and two bronze (Lapthorne & Jamie Burdekin, Jordanne Whiley & Lucy Shuker)

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