From 2016, Wimbledon will feature wheelchair singles tennis tournaments for both men and women. Richard Lewis, Chief Executive of The All England Club, announced, “Spectators and audiences of Wimbledon have been enjoying wheelchair doubles for 10 years and, on this tenth anniversary, we are delighted to be announcing the creation of these new singles events for wheelchair tennis players. I am sure they will be a popular addition and welcomed by the players and fans alike.”
This year Briton Jordanne Whiley and Yui Kamiji from Japan retained the ladies’ doubles title, beating No.2 duo Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot 6-2, 5-7, 6-3. The winners paired up in 2013, despite their lack at the time of a common language.
The men’s title was taken by Argentine Gustavo Fernandez and Nicolas Peifer from France won their first Grand Slam title as a pair in the Wheelchair Gentlemen's Doubles with a surprise victory over No.2 seeds Michael Jeremiasz and Briton Gordon Reid. The winners, who were unseeded achieved this with a 7-5, 5-7, 6-2 win in just under three hours.
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