Wednesday, 26 August 2020 15:51

Gordon in closed doors action

Written by Marshall Thomas

HELENSBURGH'S Gordon Reid will be involved when elite parasport returns to the nation’s screens in September for the first time since lockdown after the LTA announced the staging of a behind closed doors series for Britain’s leading wheelchair tennis players at the National Tennis Centre.

Four of Britain’s contingent set to compete at the US Open next month will be among the players taking to the court for a two-day match play event on September 1-2 featuring Britain’s top three ranked men and women, with all the action streamed live on the BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport website and app and LTA digital channels. The BBC Red Button will also show most of the action across both days.

The ‘LTA Wheelchair Tennis Series’ has been developed to provide opportunities to Britain’s players to get crucial match practice under their belt ahead of the wheelchair draw at the US Open, in which Gordon will take part, and the resumption of the ITF Uniqlo Wheelchair Tennis World Tour, and to showcase the sport to fans.

Scott Lloyd, LTA CEO, said: “We are proud that tennis is leading the way in the return of elite disability sport, and are delighted to be partnering with the BBC to showcase wheelchair tennis to sports fans across the country.

"Britain has had tremendous success in wheelchair tennis in recent years and the LTA Wheelchair Tennis Series will be vital in helping our players prepare for their return to international competition, including the US Open.

“It also promises to be a great platform to help raise awareness of tennis as a sport for disabled people."