World number eight Nicolas Peifer will hope to lead France to a ninth men's title at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup ©Getty Images

France will be looking to reclaim the men’s title as they eye a record-equalling ninth crown at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup - the International Tennis Federation’s flagship wheelchair tennis event - in the Italian island of Sardinia.

Britain beat France in 2019 when Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett claimed straight-set wins against Nicolas Peifer and Stephane Houdet respectively.

France will now be aiming to return to the top of the podium and match the United States’ record of nine men’s titles.

Featuring Peifer, Frédéric Cattaneo and Guilhem Laget, France have been seeded fourth for the event, held in the Sardinian town of Alghero.

The Netherlands - who have named Tom Egberink, Maikel Scheffers and Ruben Spaargaren - top the seedings ahead of Spain, Argentina and France.

World number five Reid will lead a British team who have been seeded sixth after picking Dermot Bailey and Ben Bartram, ranked 43rd and 78th respectively.

Olympic gold medallist and recently-crowned US Open champion Diede de Groot headlines a strong Dutch team as they look to defend their title and win a 32nd women’s crown.

Aniek van Koot and Jiske Griffioen, both ranked inside the top 10, have also been named in The Netherlands’ team.

Diede de Groot arrives in Sardinia on the back of completing a
Diede de Groot arrives in Sardinia on the back of completing a "Golden Slam" with victory at the US Open ©Getty Images

World number two Yui Kamiji will aim to inspire Japan - runners-up in 2019 - to victory, while third seeds Britain will look to Lucy Shuker to deliver.

The Netherlands won the quad title for the first and only time in 2008.

But with Sam Schroder and Niels Vink having secured a Dutch victory at the World Team Cup qualification event in Portugal in May before going on to win at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics and the US Open, it would be little surprise to see The Netherlands back on the roll of honour.

Japan - first-time winners of the World Team Cup quad title in Israel in 2019 - and nine-time champions the USA join Britain among the medal contenders.

Teenager Tokito Oda, Shogo Takano and Yudai Kawai have been selected by Japan who are the top seeds in the junior event.

Competition is set to start tomorrow with the first of three days of round-robin pool competition.

Teams will then contest semi-finals and knockout draws to decide final placings, with the women's and quad finals scheduled for October 2 and the men's and junior finals set for October 3.