NEC WC Masters
Erin Maher | November 7, 2018
The wheelchair tennis elite are set to descend upon the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla., when the USTA hosts the 2018 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters from Nov. 28 – Dec. 2.
The ITF's season-ending championship for the world's top singles players on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour. NEC has been the title sponsor of the event since its inception in 1994. This year mark’s the 25th NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters, marking a significant landmark for one of the sport's biggest tournaments, for which UNIQLO is an international sponsor.
The top eight men's and women's singles players and the top six quad singles players on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Rankings will compete at this prestigious event.
The men's singles entries include four former champions - current world No. 1 and three-time champion Shingo Kunieda, world No. ADVERTISEMENT 5 Stephane Houdet and two-time champions Joachim Gerard and Stefan Olsson,
World No. 1 and reigning champion Diede de Groot of Netherlands heads the entries for the women's singles, while world No. 2 Yui Kamiji and world No. 3 Aniek van Koot are also both former champions.
After making history in 2013, when she became the first non-Dutch player to win the women's singles at the NEC Masters, the Japanese 24-year-old is still the only player from outside the Netherlands to win the women's singles crown.
Reigning and ten-time champion David Wagner and home country hero will once again heads this year’s quad singles field of six players.
World No. 2 Dylan Alcott, world No. 3 Andy Lapthorne and world No. 6 Lucas Sithole are all former finalists. Meanwhile, world No. 4 Koji Sugeno is set to make his NEC Masters debut, and world No. 5 Heath Davidson will contest the event for the second time after making his debut in 2017.
Click here to download a PDF of the 2018 NEC Wheelchair Tennis entry list.
Click here to download a PDF of the 2018 NEC Wheelchair Tennis player bios.