The Men’s Singles and Women’s Singles draws have now been completed for the Mark Bates Ltd National Championships.
Referee Stuart Sherlock carried out the draw at the David Ross Sports Village in Nottingham, where the championships get under way at 9am tomorrow.
With Paul Drinkhall having withdrawn through injury, Sam Walker is now the top men’s seed. Helshan Weerasinghe, who was fifth seed, has also withdrawn because of illness, therefore two lucky losers will be chosen at random after the group stage, from those who finish second in the groups, to fill the gaps in the draw.
The draws for the other competitions were made last week and gave some rising stars the chance to take on England’s top players.
It is in the doubles competitions where the top pairings will have to take on some of the brightest teenage pairings in the first round.
These include Connor Green & Felix Thomis taking on second seeds Sam Walker & Tom Jarvis in the Men’s Doubles.
In the Women’s Doubles, Ella Pashley & Eve Witterick take on second seeds Emily Bolton & Charlotte Bardsley. Top seeds Tin-Tin Ho & Maria Tsaptsinos have a bye in the first round.
The Mixed Doubles draw sees top seeds Tsaptsinos & Walker pitted against Krish Chotai & Megan Jones, while Scarlett Anders & Joseph Hunter will take on Ho & McBeath.
Click on the links below to view the draws.
Women’s Singles: Group stage | Knockout stage
Men’s Singles: Group stage | Knockout stage
Under-21 Women’s Singles: Group stage | Knockout stage
Under-21 Men’s Singles: Group stage | Knockout stage
The knockout stages for the men’s and women’s singles will be drawn at 10.30am on Thursday March 24 and will be streamed live on our Facebook page.
There is one important piece of news in the Men’s Singles, however, with Andrew Baggaley having been elevated to fifth seed at the referee’s discretion.
Baggaley entered – and won – the qualifying tournament, having dropped off the rankings list because of more than five months of inactivity.
He re-entered this month’s rankings at No 13, but in light of his previous ranking and record, he has been placed in the No 5 position.
The tournament gets under way with the under-21 events on Friday morning.
There are still a small number of tickets available on Friday and Sunday – Saturday is now sold out.