By David Gold

Wheelchair tennis_1April 25 - Esther Vergeer, the dominant woman on the world wheelchair tennis circuit, and Paralympic double gold medallist Peter Norfolk will head a stellar line-up in the Eton Manor Wheelchair Tennis International next month.

The competition, a test event for London 2012 that runs from May 3 to 6, will offer an opportunity for players to get used to the temporary venue in the Olympic Park.

Dutchwoman Vergeer (pictuerd top) has been unbeaten since January 2003, a phenomenal record, winning 39 Grand Slam titles in that time.

Norfolk, from Britain, claimed gold at both Athens 2004 and 2008 in the quad event and he will be joined by Dutchman Robin Ammerlaan, the men's singles gold-medal winner from Athens 2004.

Gordon Reid will also be a strong contender for Britain in the men's singles while another British hopeful for a medal will be 19-year-old rising star Jordanne Whiley.

Wheelchair tennis_2
Andrew Lapthorne (pictured above, on right with Norfolk) will line up alongside Norfolk in the quad doubles as they look to build on the title they won at the Australian Open in January.

The competition lasts for four days and 3,000 tickets have been sold to the public to date.

With a number of other test events, including Olympic hockey and athletics, taking place concurrently with wheelchair tennis, organisers hope it will be sufficient to draw in supporters visiting the Olympic Park.

The wheelchair tennis tournament at London 2012 runs from September 1 to 8 and although Eton Manor is being taken down afterwards four wheelchair tennis courts will remain after the Paralympics.

Contact the writer of this story at [email protected]

Related stories
April 2012: London 2012 tennis ticket holders will not be disappointed in best ever tournament, says proud ITF manager
February 2012: Construction of Paralympic wheelchair tennis venue now completed
September 2011: London 2012 wheelchair tennis centre on track to be completed on time
March 2011: GB wheelchair tennis players inspect progress of London 2012 Paralympic venue
June 2010: Work begins on wheelchair tennis venue for London 2012