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Summary

  1. The 2018 British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships are being held at Nottingham Tennis Centre, 17-22 July
  2. Men's, women's & quad semi-final matches
  3. Quad singles: Andy Lapthorne (GB) bts Koji Sugeno (Jpn) 6-3 6-2
  4. Women's singles: Yui Kamiji (Jpn) bts Aniek Van Koot (Ned) 2-6 6-4 6-2
  5. Men's singles: Stephane Houdet (Fra) bts Alfie Hewett (GB) 7-5, 6-2
  6. Women's singles: Diede De Groot (Ned) bts Sabine Ellerbrock (Ger) 6-2, 6-1
  7. Men's singles: Shingo Kunieda (Jpn) v Gustavo Fernandez (Arg) 5-2 - match suspended due to rain
  8. Coverage provided by the Tennis Foundation for BBC Sport

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. What is it?

    Women's world number one Diede de Groot stretches for a ball
    Image caption: Diede de Groot is ranked no1 in the world

    Many of the world's top wheelchair tennis players will be hoping to add to their titles at the British Open in Nottingham.

    The BBC will be showing live action from Thursday to Sunday when the tournament reaches its climax. The likes of newly-crowned Wimbledon doubles champions Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid and fellow Britons Lucy Shuker and Andy Lapthorne will be leading the home challenge.

    Last year's ladies and men's singles champions Yui Kamiji from Japan and Gustavo Fernandez from Argentina are back to defend their titles alongside quad winner David Wagner.

    The Nottingham event is one of the Super Series tournaments, the level below Grand Slam and the end-of-season Masters events.

    Wheelchair tennis is similar to the non-disabled version of the sport but with one key difference - the ball can bounce twice although the first bounce must be within the court's confines.

    There are three different divisions - men's, women's and quad. Athletes in the men's and women's divisions have lower-limb impairments and are classified by gender.

    Andy Lapthorne
    Image caption: Britain's Andy Lapthorne will be chasing success in the quad division

    Quad division athletes have impairments in three or more limbs and are classified based on disability, not gender.

    Britain has a strong history in the sport and won six medals at the 2016 Rio Paralympics, more than any other nation, including gold for Gordon Reid who beat compatriot Alfie Hewett in the men's singles gold medal match.

  2. BBC Coverage

    Venue: Nottingham Tennis Centre

    Dates: 19-22 July

    Coverage: Friday 20 July: 09:25-18:00 BBC Sport website and app and connected TV

    Saturday 21 July: 09:55-18:00 BBC Sport website and app and connected TV

    Sunday 22 July: 09:55-18:00 BBC Sport website and app and connected TV

  3. Get Inspired: How to get into tennis

    Get Inspired

    #GetInspired

    There are over 20,000 tennis courts in the United Kingdom. Thousands of clubs and park courts will also provide racquets and balls if you don't have your own.

    If you are looking for a singles game, find a Local Tennis League near you. There are more than 150 leagues and over 15,000 players of all levels and abilities across the UK.

    Wheelchair tennis can be played on any regular tennis court, with no modifications to racquets or balls and there are many different options for those with other disabilities to play tennis. The Tennis Foundation cater for and champion wheelchair tennis, and also offer subsidised camps featuring learning disability, deaf, and visually-impaired tennis.

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