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Masters stars prepare for season finale

Masters stars prepare for season finale
Wheelchair tennis

The world's top stars are coming to Loughborough for the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters, with Britain's Gordon Reid, Alfie Hewett, Andy Lapthorne and Lucy Shuker all part of the line-up.

In addition to the tournament titles on offer, the end-of-year world number one ranking in men's quads singles is up for grabs as fierce rivals David Wagner and Lapthorne battle to secure top spot.

Wagner, a nine-time NEC Masters champion, is defending the points he won at Loughborough last year, while Lapthorne is hoping to improve on his third place raising the potential for a significant ponts swing.

The top eight men's and women's singles players and the top six quad singles players qualified for the events, with the round robin stages taking place from Wednesday to Friday before the weekend's semi-finals and finals.

The men's draw features four former champions in current world number two Stephane Houdet, Stefan Olsson defending champion Joachim Gerard and Shingo Kunieda.

Meanwhile, last year's runner-up Gordon Reid and his fellow Brit Alfie Hewett will be looking to complete a Masters double for 2017 after their victory together on Sunday at the UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters in the Netherlands.

Eight of the world's top nine players are among the entries for the women's singles after current world number three Jiske Griffioen, the NEC Masters champion for the last two years, recently announced her retirement.

World number one Yui Kamiji and 2014 winner Aniek van Koot are the only former champions among this year's entries.

Play is scheduled to begin at 10.30 GMT from Wednesday to Friday, with the weekend action scheduled to begin at 11.00. Full advice on planning your trip to Loughborough is available here and tickets can be purchased here.