REIGNING champion Gordon Reid faces Stefan Olsson of Sweden in a rematch of last year’s men’s singles final when wheelchair tennis returns to Wimbledon today.

The Helensburgh ace made history in 2016, winning the inaugural Wimbledon wheelchair tennis men’s singles title.

He said: “I’ve got great memories of last year and the home British crowd were a huge part of that.

“Hopefully that can only get better and better as the profile of wheelchair tennis goes up and up and I’m really looking forward to experiencing that again.

“I went to the Australian Open this year as defending champion, so have that experience to draw on as defending champion here and I’m excited to get started. All matches at a Grand Slam are tough.”

Reid is drawn in the opposite half of the draw to fellow Brit and Roland Garros champion Alfie Hewett.

Hewett, 19, plays Nicolas Peifer of France in his bid to reach the semi-finals and goes into the contest having won four of his last six matches against Peifer.

He said: “I’m focussed on one match at a time and really want to get my first singles win on the grass at Wimbledon, so I’m really looking forward to playing Nico.

“Overall I’ve got a good record against him and won our last match in May and beat him on the way to the Paralympic final in Rio.”

He will begin his third Wimbledon having been named International Paralympic Athlete of the Month for June after winning his maiden Grand Slam singles title in Paris last month.

As well as Reid bidding to defend his title in the men’s singles, Hewett and Reid also go into Wimbledon this year as reigning men’s doubles champions.

They begin their title defence against Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina and Shingo Kunieda of Japan.

Hewett said: “Doubles is going to be another tough opening match but me and Gordon are really up for defending our title and, again, are taking it a match at a time."