NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters 2017 To Begin
- Top players compete in prestigious year-end Wheelchair Tennis Championship -
London, 21 November 2017- NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) is sponsoring the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters (the International Tennis Federation's (ITF) year-end singles championship) where the world's top ranked wheelchair tennis players will compete from 29 November - 3 December 2017 at Loughborough University Tennis Centre, Leicestershire, Great Britain.
The prestigious tournament sees players compete in three divisions (men, women and quads) over a period of five days. The season will conclude in the men's, women's and quad finals on Sunday, 3 December.
NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters 2017
The top eight men, eight women and six quad players have qualified to play at the 2017 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters based on the ITF Wheelchair Tennis Rankings of 16 October.
The Wheelchair Tennis Masters was originally established in 1994 and has been sponsored by NEC since its inception.
David Haggerty, ITF President, said, "As the ITF's year-end wheelchair singles championship, the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters is arguably the most competitive tournament of the year as the top ranked players face their biggest rivals over five days of intense competition to decide the titles. After three tremendous years in London we are extremely excited to bring this highly prestigious wheelchair singles championship to a new area of the UK and to introduce the sport to a new public."
Akiko Shikimori, General Manager of the Corporate Communications Division and Sustainability Promotion Office at NEC said, "The NEC Masters is the culmination of the 2017 wheelchair tennis season and a celebration of great athletic skill. We look forward to this exciting tournament which, in addition to thrilling tennis, also provides an excellent opportunity for the community to discover and engage in an inclusive sport."
Wheelchair tennis traces its beginnings to California, USA, in 1976 and has since spread across the globe. In 1992, the ITF created a tour for players, the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, which consisted of 11 international tournaments. Wheelchair Tennis has also been a full medal sport at the Paralympic Games since 1992. It is still today one of the fastest growing wheelchair sports in the world, both in size and popularity, featuring currently over 150 events worldwide each year. In 1994, the ITF launched the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters as the supreme year-end challenge of the Tour.
Today, NEC is the title sponsor of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters and an Official Partner of the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour. NEC celebrates this year 26 years of partnership with the ITF.
The daily schedule for the 2017 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters is as follows:
Wednesday 29th November to Friday 1st December:
10.30am Play starts.
Saturday 2nd December:
11.00am Play starts for Men's and Women's Semifinals (subject to change)
Sunday 3rd December:
9.00am Play starts for Playoffs. Finals from 11.00am (subject to change)
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