The final Wheelchair Tennis entry list has been set for Rio 2016, with 100 players entering from 29 countries in the event. Wheelchair Tennis will be hosted at the Olympic Tennis Center at the Barra Olympic Park District.
Determining the entries comes through two different ways, the first is via the International Tennis Federation (ITF) World Rankings. The other is Bipartite Commission Invitation places, which are awarded by the ITF and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) for global balance.
There is an additional challenge in assigning doubles places with four extra World Ranking Allocation places added in the doubles competition to make sure that competition is at its highest. Those eight players have also been awarded a place in the singles draw as well.
Five other athletes have been awarded places based on their performances in other multi-sport events. The winners of the singles tournaments at the Asian Para Games and Para PanAm Games have also been placed directly in to the singles draw.
The men’s singles is a 52 player draw, while the women’s singles contains 32 players, as usual the quad event is mixed and will contain 16 players. In the doubles the men’s will have 20 teams, the women’s is ten and the quad will be six.
The tennis tournament is played on the same courts and complex as the Olympics and so will be a hard court tournament. The tournament is hotly contested every Paralympics and in Rio it will be even more so with many high profile retirements following London.