The ITF one series event hits Nottingham Tennis Centre this week as next year’s Paralympic games in Rio heats up.

The prestigious wheelchair tournament is set to host many of the games’ big names including US open singles champion Jordanne Whiley and Gordon Reid alongside Nottinghamshire players.

Seven of the world’s top 10 will battle it out to secure the women’s single title this weekend.

By winning in Nottingham, the star studded players will be a step further in achieving qualification to play in next year’s Paralympic games in Rio.

Sarah Marl, from the English Federation for Disability of Sport said: “It’s great to have recognition of tennis and to such a high standard.”

She added: “This tournament will create a huge impact in raising awareness for such a small sport.  It’s nice to have the event in our backyard.”

Disability Sportswoman of the Year, Jordanne Whiley, will be going for another super series singles title after a strong season where she captured her first grand slam title in New York back in September.

Matt Elkington, disability tennis manager for the Midlands said: “It’s a great opportunity for the GB team to take home some medals next year in Rio.”

“I’ve definitely seen a higher interest, especially within disabled athletes, and following the British open we managed to gain teaching sessions at the indoor centre, which is overwhelmingly positive.”

The Nottingham indoor championships will be taking place from the 18th-22nd of November.

The event which is organised by the Tennis Foundation and supported by Nottingham City Council is free to all spectators.  For more information you can access www.wheelchairtennis.org.uk.