By James Crook

151276900 2July 10 - Wheelchair tennis prodigy Gordon Reid is hoping to follow in the path of fellow Scotsman Andy Murray, who ended Britain's 77-year wait for a Wimbledon men's singles title last weekend, as he gets ready to take on the world's elite players at the British Open.

The 21-year-old has surged up the rankings to a career-best world number four in recent months following some spectacular wins against the likes of French world singles number two Stéphane Houdet, who won the men's singles and doubles events at Roland Garros last month, and inflicted a defeat on the Briton and his partner Dutch Maikel Scheffers in the doubles final at Wimbledon last weekend to take the title.

And after tasting defeat in last year's final at the Nottingham Tennis Centre against world number one and Paralympic gold medallist Shingo Kunieda, Reid is determined to come back with a bang at this year's tournament, which is due to get underway next Tuesday (July 14), and will draw inspiration from his compatriot's historic win at SW19 to spur him on.

Gordon-Reid-1 2059622bGordon Reid is looking to draw inspiration from Andy Murray's men's singles title win last weekend to spur him to success at the British Open

"The last year for me has been amazing and it started with reaching my first Super Series final at the British Open," said Reid.

"There's plenty at stake this year, but fellow Scot Andy Murray's victory at Wimbledon was so inspiring and I will be doing my best to produce another big performance on home soil."

There is plenty of tough competition for Reid to overcome however, notably the in-form Houdet and two-time champion and Wimbledon doubles partner Scheffers.

However, Reid has shown that he can compete with the top dogs in the sport on previous occasions, and will feel he has a great chance to upset the apple cart in front of a home crowd.

Elsewhere in the men's draw, fellow Briton David Phillipson, who took the men's doubles crown in Croatia last week, is sure to get a rousing reception from his home county crowd, while other British interest comes from world junior number one Alfie Hewett, who took the singles title at the same tournament in Zagreb.

In the women's event, eight of the world's top ten players will be competing at the British Open, including the world's number one and two ranked players, respectively, Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany and Aniek van Koot of the Netherlands.

British interest comes in the form of London 2012 women's doubles bronze medallists Lucy Shuker and Jordanne Whiley.

World number eight Whiley reached the final of the women's doubles at Wimbledon last weekend, and after missing last year's British Open, she is looking forward to competing in front of her home crowd in Nottingham once more.

173100835Jordanne Whiley reached the final of the women's doubles at Wimbledon last weekend and will be hoping for similar performances at next week's British Open

"I love this time of year as I get to play in front of a home crowd and we're certainly getting more interest in people watching the sport since competing at the Paralympics last year," she said.

"I missed the British Open last year through injury so I'm looking forward to getting back on the courts at Nottingham and testing myself against the world's top players."

Heading the quad division will be American world number one David Wagner, who won the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Male Athlete of the Month for June, but Britain's Jamie Burdekin, who defeated Wagner in the semi-finals in Nottingham last year, will be fighting hard to reach his second consecutive final on home turf.

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