By James Crook

151276900May 9 - British wheelchair tennis players Lucy Shuker and Gordon Reid (pictured left) have secured their places at next month's event at Roland Garros, which will have two British players competing for the first time.

The 21-year-old Reid - who is currently Britain's number one men's wheelchair tennis player - will be entering his first Grand Slam singles event in Paris following two appearances in the men's doubles at Wimbledon.

The Scot secured his place with a stunning win over world number one Shingo Kunieda, inflicting a first singles defeat for over 10 months on the Japanese player to reach the final of the South African Open last month.

Reid's performance in South Africa bumped his ranking up to a career high of world number six, sneaking him into the top seven places that ensure automatic qualification.

138739453Gordon Reid will make his Grand Slam singles debut at Roland Garros

"I'm very excited to have earned a place in the field for my first Grand Slam singles event, after what has been a great year so far," he said.

"I knew that the tournaments in South Africa last month were probably going to be crucial in terms of earning my direct entry for Roland Garros but it also depended on the results of other players, too, so I just had to take it a match a time.

"Obviously to do it in style by beating the world number one for the first time to reach my second Super Series final was very satisfying and I'm really looking forward to getting on to the clay in Paris and giving it my best shot."

Britain's top-ranked female player Lucy Shuker will also be competing at Roland Garros, as her current career-high spot as world number five is enough to secure her qualification.

This will be the third time that Shuker has competed at Roland Garros but her first time in four years, and she is looking forward to getting back onto the clay in Paris.

159909186Lucy Shuker will make her first appearance at Roland Garros in four years at next month's tournament

"I've really enjoyed playing at Roland Garros in the past and I can't wait to get back there again as it's such a great venue," said the London 2012 women's doubles bronze medallist.

"With my current career high ranking, I'm confident I can keep improving and testing myself on the clay in France will be an enjoyable challenge but first we've got World Team Cup to look forward to and I want to help the GB girls to another medal this year."

The wheelchair tennis event at Roland Garros is due to take place from June 5 until 7. 

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