Last night, the draws were made for wheelchair tennis’s Belgian Open taking place today and running until Saturday.
The women’s single event includes top seeded world number three Sabine Ellerbrock take on world number fourteen Dutch player Michaela Spaanstra. Second seed and world number seven Sharon Walraven will take on the United States’s Krystal Kelley who is currently ranked 108th in the world. World number eight and third seeded South African Kgothatso Montjane is scheduled to meet Belgium’s Sophie Cox who is currently ranked ninety-seventh in the world. Fourth seed Chilean and world number thirteen Francisca Mardones is scheduled to meet fifty-eight year old Belgian and world number 116 Pathy Mortier.
On the men’s singles side, the top eight seeds all have byes in the first round. Competing in the competition include number one seed and world number four Argentine Gustavo Fernandez. He will meet Gaetan Menguy of France in the second round as both have byes. Menguy is currently ranked 149th in the world. Fernandex is coming off a semifinal loss to world number one Shingo Kunieda in the semifinals of the British Open last weekend. Second seed Belgian Joachim Gerard who is currently ranked fifth in the world will take on either France’s Christian Gross who is ranked 421st in the world or Moroccan Tarik Charbi who is currently ranked 281st. Gerard is coming off a quarterfinal loss last weekend to Stephane Houdet at the British open. If Gerard wins, he would be the first Belgian to win the event.
Third seed and world number six player Maikel Scheffers from the Netherlands will meet either world number 186 Pascal Chessel of France or Austria’s Dan Kleckner currently ranked 73rd. Fourth seed and world number eight Nicolas Peifer will meet either Belgium’s Joeri van Assche or Poland’s Pawel Mietrkiewicz. Fifth seed and world sixteen French player Frederic Cattaneo will meet Rick Moiler of the Netherlands. Sixth seed and world number eighteen South African Eliphas Maripa will meet Belgium’s Mike Denamayer. Seventh seed and world number 50 Argentine Ezequiel Casco will take on unranked Said Himam of Morocco. Eighth seed and world number 52 Carlos Ankers of the Netherlands will meet Germany’s Guido Nespethal.
In the quad competition, all four top seeds have first round byes. The United States’s David Wagner is seeded first. Australia’s Dylan Alcott is seeded second. Italy’s Antonio Raffaele is seeded third. Great Britain’s Antony Cotteril is seeded fourth. The competition is a ITF 1 Series event, and is being played on clay courts in Jambes, Belgium.