Takuya Miki of Japan and Great Britain's Gordon Reid took to the court to open the day’s competition in the first game. Continuous ‘ooo's and ahh's’ waved through the seats as spectators watched a captivating display.
Reid dominated in the first set to take the lead, but Miki was determined to make a comeback in the second set and he served powerfully throughout the game. Miki and Reid had spectators almost jumping out of their seats in the second set with their heads moving left-to-right, right-to-left. Reid went on to take victory,winning both sets 6-1, 6-2.
We also saw world number one and favourite Stephane Houdet of France take to the court today, against wildcard Suthi Khlongrua of Thailand. Houdet is through to the second round after winning 6-1, 6-0.
Houdet said of being the tournament favourite: 'There is more attention on you and you feel you need to pay more attention to your preparation and to your game.'
The women’s Singles has dominated the courts today, with number three seed Jiske Griffioen of the Netherlands also winning her first round match against Brazils’s Natalia Mayara 6-2,6-0.
Griffioen has competed in the Paralympics before, saying of her London 2012 experience: ‘I know what to expect, but it's still special.’
And three-time Paralympic women's Singles Wheelchair Tennis champion Esther Vergeer won her match against Kanako Domori of Japan, 6-0,6-0. Incredibly, Vergeer has not lost a Singles match since 2003.