Six teams will take part in the BNP Paribas World Team Cup Pre-qualification for Asia/Oceania, which takes place in New Delhi, India on 16-19 February. It is the first of four regional pre-qualification competitions for the BNP Paribas World Team Cup which takes place in Seoul, South Korea on 21-27 May.
India, Malaysia and Sri Lanka are playing in a round-robin format for a chance to qualify for the men’s World Group 2 event at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup, while Australia, Sri Lanka and Thailand will contest the women’s World Group qualification event. As well as it being a new format for the event it is also the first year that BNP Paribas have been title sponsors of the ITF’s flagship wheelchair tennis event.
Eight nations will contest the qualifying competition for the Americas, which will take place in Mexico City on 20-24 February, while the qualifying competitions for Africa and Europe both take place on 28 February-2 March in Kenya and Turkey respectively.
Once all four qualification competitions have been completed and the direct qualification slots from each of the regional qualifications competitions have been confirmed, the ITF Wheelchair Tennis Committee will award wild cards for the two remaining places available in the men’s World Group 2.
“This is a very exciting year for wheelchair tennis and for the BNP Paribas World Team Cup as we welcome BNP Paribas as the title sponsor for the first time and introduce the new format for the competition,” said ITF Wheelchair Tennis Manager Mark Bullock. “We are also delighted the Asia will host the BNP World Team Cup 2012 for the first time and in this Paralympic year it is especially significant that the venue is the Olympic Park Tennis Centre, where the Paralympic journey for wheelchair tennis began 24 years ago.”
Thailand Earns Opening Wins in India
Ratana Techamaneewat (THA) Photo: Ando Akira
Team Thailand won the opening ties in the men’s and women’s events on Thursday at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup Pre-qualification for Asia/Oceania in India.
Top seeds from Thailand dominated the opening tie in the women’s event, winning all three rubbers against Sri Lanka 6-0, 6-0.
Ratana Techamaneeweat defeated Umesha Aalahakoon and former world No. 6 Sakhorn Khanthasit beat Anosha Amaratunge, before Techamaneewat and Chusri Inthanin beat Alahakoon and Amaratunge to win the doubles rubber.
Friday’s second day of play in the women’s event will see Thailand take on Australia.