A record-breaking discipline, together with 47 ladies and ladies, will compete on the Mark Bates Ltd Senior Nationwide Championships Qualifying Event on the weekend.
The variety of feminine gamers beats the earlier excessive for the match, the place gamers battle to earn their locations alongside the elite on the Nationals ‘correct’ in March.
There may be additionally a wholesome contingent of para gamers, together with Paralympic medallists and wheelchair gamers Jack Hunter-Spivey and Megan Shackleton.
Their matches can be performed underneath sure guidelines diversifications that are in place when a wheelchair participant performs towards an able-bodied opponent. Watch the video on the foot of this web page to see which guidelines are tailored – and the way golf equipment and leagues can simply implement these modifications in their very own competitions.
There can be 16 males’s teams and 7 ladies’s teams, with 24 tables in motion on the David Ross Sports activities Village on the College of Nottingham this weekend, January 6-7.
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High seed within the males’s occasions is native participant Maxim Stevens, a former Junior nationwide champion, who’s adopted by Shaquille Webb-Dixon, Ralph Pattison and Bryan Kwan to finish the highest 4 seeds.
Commonwealth champion Hunter-Spivey is in Group 10, which is headed by Rhys Davies and in addition options latest WTT under-11 medallist Dimitar Dimitrov.
Para stars Aaron McKibbin, Ash Facey, Billy Shilton and Max Flint are additionally competing.
Within the ladies’s competitors, Erin Inexperienced is the highest seed, forward of Anaya Patel, Tiana Dennison and Rebecca Savage.
Group 6 is eye-catching because it options para world champion Fliss Pickard in addition to her colleague Shackleton and a number of age-group nationwide champion Sienna Jetha.
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The qualifiers will be part of the highest 16 gamers, who were invited before Christmas, on the Mark Bates Ltd Senior Nationals from March 22-24.
Tickets for the Mark Bates Ltd Senior Nationals, which may also function under-21 and para courses, will go on sale subsequent week with a pre-sale window for Desk Tennis England members.
What’s the qualifying Event format?
The occasion will start with group levels on the Saturday, comprising of teams of 6-8 gamers, topic to entries obtained, with 2 or 3 gamers from every group qualifying for the knockout stage on Sunday.
Progressive knockout matches on Sunday would be the final 32 gamers solely and can be performed to a remaining checklist, for instance gamers shedding within the final 16 will play out for locations 9-16 and so forth.
The highest 14 finishers in each the lads’s and girls’s singles on the match will qualify for the Mark Bates Ltd Senior Nationwide Championships on the identical venue from Friday March 22 to Sunday March 24.