With the men’s single quarterfinals scheduled to take place later today at the British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships, the top six seeds have qualified through to compete. Eighth seed Nicolas Peifer of France has also qualified through. World number eight and seventh seed Takuya Miki of Japan went down to Marc Mccarroll of Great Britain in the second round in three sets, 2 – 6, 7 – 6 (6) and 6 – 2.
World number 1 Shingo Kunieda of Japan is scheduled to take on Mccarroll. Argentine twenty year old Gustavo Fernandez, the fourth seed and world number four, is scheduled to take on sixth seeded and world number seven Netherland’s Maikel Scheffers. Nicolas Peifer, seeded eighth and world number 9, is scheduled to play Great Britain’s Gordon Reid. Reid is seeded third and is currently ranked third in the world. Belgium’s Joachim Gerard, fifth seed and world number 5, is scheduled to take on world number two France’s Stephane Houdet.
Kunieda is expected to easily make it through to the finals if he is recovered from illness that forced him to withdraw from the Swiss Open in the quarterfinals last week. The right handed player comes into the tournament with a record of 30 – 1 so far this year in single’s play. Forty-three year old right handed Houdet has a slightly poorer record this year. He comes into the tournament with 31 wins and 6 losses on the year. Last week, he won the Swiss Open, after beating Gustavo Fernandez in the final.