Stephane Houdet (FRA), Jiske Griffioen (NED) and Australian Dylan Alcott lead the world’s top wheelchair tennis athletes in a stellar international field at the 2016 Apia International Sydney Wheelchair Tennis Open.
Seven each of the world’s top 10 men and women are expected to contest the tournament, with 17 countries represented on the second stop on the Australian Wheelchair Tennis Summer Series.
World No.1 Griffioen leads the women’s field, kicking off her 2016 Paralympic campaign and facing strong competition from the deep field.
The Dutchwoman will be making her ninth appearance in Sydney and is a three-time champion at the tournament.
Men’s top seed Houdet will feature in the men’s singles draw of his 45th ITF Super Series event ahead of the Australian Open later this month.
There are several sizzling first-round match-ups in store, including fifth seed Gustavo Fernandez against last week’s Queensland Wheelchair Tennis Open champion Takuya Miki, and an all-Australian battle bwteen Keegan Oh-Chee and Henry De Cure.
Leading Aussie Adam Kellerman, seeded eighth, will take on Shunjiang Dong.
In the quads competition, Melbournian Dylan Alcott will look to add to his stellar CV when he returns to Sydney to defend his title.
The world No.1, a dual grand slam champion in 2015, is one of eight Australians in the field.
The 2016 Apia International Sydney Wheelchair Tennis Open is part of the Apia International Sydney and is the second stop of three in the Australian Wheelchair Tennis Summer Series, a series of professional wheelchair tennis events in the Australian Summer of Tennis.
These tournaments provide opportunities for players to earn vital ITF ranking points ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio De Janeiro.
Matches will be held at the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre from 12-16 January 2016, with ground passes available for purchase at ticketek.com.au.
City Community Tennis, Prince Alfred Park in Surry Hills will feature as the second tournament venue from 12-14 January, where spectators can enjoy free entry to watch the action.