US Open Field Finalized

Shingo Kunieda on the way to winning an earlier US Open title (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

The final Grand Slam of the 2017 Wheelchair Tennis season, the US Open, has taken a big step as the field of athletes was announced on Tuesday, with the final invitees named.
The top seven ranked players in two singles divisions; men, women and the top three in quad, will be joined by three invitees to create eight player fields. The event returns after not being contested in 2016 due to a clash with the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Japanese player Shingo Kunieda is the unsurprising invitee in the men’s singles having won the tournament six times but dropped out of the top. Two Americans are invited for the other two events as Dana Mathewson is in the women’s singles and Bryan Barten will enter the quad singles.
On the men’s side of the draw there is a phenomenal field, as demonstrated by the fact that Kunieda needs to be added as an invitee. Argentine Gustavo Fernandez, British players Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett, Frenchmen Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer, Belgian Joachim Gerard, and Swede Sttefan Olsson make up the rest of the men’s draw.
As usual the women’s field is dominated by Dutch players as four of them appear in the draw in Jiske Griffioen, Diede de Groot, Aniek van Koot and Marjolein Buis. The other half of the draw beyond Mathewson is made up of Japanese player Yui Kamiji, German Sabine Ellerbrock, and British player Lucy Shuker.
With Barten, half of the quad singles field is American as Barten will be joined by American David Wagner, British player Andy Lapthorne, and Australian Dylan Alcott. The Australian comes in as the overwhelming favorite as he will be seeking his fifth straight Grand Slam title, to wrap up a season Grand Slam.

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