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Paralympian Peter Norfolk feels London 2012 pressure

Paralympic tennis champion Peter Norfolk
Norfolk won the quad singles gold at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008

Paralympic champion Peter Norfolk admits his previous success puts him under pressure to win a quad singles gold medal at London 2012.

The world number two, who has won 19 major titles, won gold medals at both Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.

Norfolk, 50, told BBC Radio Solent: "There's more pressure on me as because I'm the defending champion.

"This year is about the Paralympics and everyone is expecting me to win, so it will be my year to see where I'm at."

Norfolk, who is from Alton in Hampshire, will compete at Pensacola Open and Florida Open later this month and he says the standards of competition at these events will be tougher than ever.

"Pensacola is a big tournament and it's prior to the Florida open, which is a super series event where all the top players go to," he said.

"Florida has the biggest amount of points and is a prestigious tournament to win, I'm defending semi-final points this year so I'm in a good position to accrue some points and get my number one slot back.

"This is a qualifying Paralympic year so all the top 20 players in the world will be going into these tournaments so they can get as many points as possible to consolidate their qualification place for their country."

Norfolk's last tournament was the Australian Open where he lost out the singles quad title to world number one David Wagner.

But Norfolk won the doubles event with partner Andrew Lapthorne, and the duo hope to team up for London 2012.

"I won the grand slam doubles with Andy and we're going to team up most of this year and hopefully we will be the dedicated team for the Paralympics," he said.

"That's quite exciting because we have two chances to win a medal and doubles didn't go too well last time in Beijing, we only got bronze so if we can improve on that, that will be good."



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