Wednesday, 25 August 2021 15:38

Gordon ready to defend gold medal

Written by Marshall Thomas

HELENSBURGH'S reigning Paralympic champion Gordon Reid will play either Gustavo Carneiro Silva of Brazil or Leon Els of South Africa when he gets his Tokyo 2020 men’s singles campaign underway on Saturday.

Fifth seed Gordon and second seed Alfie Hewett, who contested the first ever all-Brit Paralympic wheelchair tennis singles final in Rio in 2016, are among the players to have early byes.

With Gordon and Alfie scheduled to get their men’s singles campaigns underway at the Ariake Tennis Park on Saturday, they will also discover who they face in their opening men’s doubles match.

The Rio silver medalists are top seeds in Tokyo and after their first round the 12-time Grand Slam champions will take on either Spain’s Enrique Siscar Meseguer and Francesc Tur or Thomas Flax and Nico Langmann of Austria.

Since arriving in Japan, the ParalympicsGB wheelchair tennis players prepared for the Tokyo Paralympics at a holding camp at the Tennis Training Centre in Kashiwa City. Less than an hour from Tokyo, the facility hosted a simulation camp for British players in 2019.