Top Nottingham and GB wheelchair tennis player James Shaw has been selected to represent Britain at the World Team Cup in the Netherlands later this month.
He’s looking to build on a promising start to the season by clinching victory in a competition he won last year.
Shaw told Notts TV: “Being selected and playing in the final and then eventually winning the competition was absolutely amazing. It’s going to be hard to top that.”
He appears on the latest edition of Sports Week on Notts TV at 7.30pm on Wednesday, May 16th.
Shaw has already competed in four competitions this year in Preston, Bolton, and two in South Korea, where he came runner-up in three of those tournaments.
The 22-year-old uses a wheelchair having been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy as a baby.
James Shaw in action. Credit: Tennis Foundation
He says playing in Korea in particular helped him to adapt to different kinds of players.
“When you’re competing in Europe there are so many similar players, it’s just being able to adapt and just knowing what’s out there.
“When the Paralympics come, I’m going to be in the best shape possible.”
Video: James is aiming for the 2020 Paralympics on Sports Week.
Shaw now has six competitions around Europe over the next few months.
He said: “This is where I can show off all the work I’ve been doing in training.
“Tokyo 2020 has been my goal for a few years now. It’s going to be a dream to play at the Paralympics.”
He currently ranks in the top 16, but needs to be top 12 in the world to compete.