Tennis ace Andy Murray and his triumphant Great Britain Davis Cup teammates visited Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre at the Olympic Park this week ahead of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters event.
Murray and the team met British wheelchair players Lucy Shuker, Andy Lapthorne, Jordanne Whiley and Gordon Reid, all of whom have qualified for the elite season-ending wheelchair tennis tournament. The NEC Wheelchair Masters runs through until Sunday (December 6) with players battling to make Rio 2016.
Andy Murray said: “The level of wheelchair tennis is fantastic. I speak to a lot of the wheelchair players in the locker room. When I lost early at the US Open this year I watched Gordon Reid play there and the level is very, very high from what I’ve seen. Great Britain are very good at it as well. We’ve got some fantastic wheelchair players.”
British wheelchair tennis player Gordon Reid said: “To see players from your country achieving success at any level is always inspiring. I’m actually going to claim credit for their win because we won the wheelchair version of the Davis Cup this year so I think they were inspired by us!”
First held in 1994, the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters is the International Tennis Federation’s year-end championship for the world’s top ranked wheelchair tennis singles players.
The NEC Masters invites the top eight men’s and women’s players and the top four quad players in the ITF Wheelchair Tennis Rankings to battle it out to be crowned master of their division.
The event is offering a number of attractions, during its run including tennis games, free coaching and face painting as well as a free shuttle service to Westfield Stratford City shopping centre.