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NEC Extends Sponsorship of Wheelchair Tennis

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(December 4, 2013) The ITF announced that it has renewed its sponsorship agreement with NEC Corporation as title sponsor of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters and as an Official Partner of the ITF Wheelchair Tennis Tour for 2014.

 

NEC has been a sponsor of the ITF Wheelchair Tennis Tour since its inception in 1992, and last month celebrated 20 years as title sponsor of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters, the ITF’s year-end wheelchair championship. This year’s Masters was held in Mission Viejo, California on 5-11 November.

 

The 2014 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters will be held in Great Britain for the first time at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, venue of the London 2012 Paralympic Tennis Event, on 24-30 November. The event will be hosted by the Tennis Foundation.

 

The ITF Wheelchair Tennis Tour originated in 1992 with 11 international tournaments, but has grown to its current total of over 160 tournaments in more than 40 countries offering over $1.5 million in prize money. The Tour includes the wheelchair tennis events at all four Grand Slam tournaments. The NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters was started in 1994 as the official year-end singles championship for the sport’s leading players, and currently features the top eight men and women, and top four quad athletes.

 

ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “We are grateful for the ongoing support of the NEC Corporation, which has been a dedicated and enthusiastic partner of the ITF’s wheelchair tennis activities. Wheelchair tennis has become one of the fastest growing Paralympic sports, culminating in the success of London 2012, and we delighted that next year’s NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters will become one of the first events to return to the Olympic Park.”

 

Tsuyoshi Horinouchi, General Manager, CSR and Environmental Management Promotion Division, NEC Corporation, said: “The NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters features the sport’s most talented athletes competing against one another at the top of their game. NEC is proud to continue its support of these exciting events that enable athletes from all over the world to showcase their skills.”

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Participants Embracing Wheelchair Tennis Masters Competition

Nick Taylor

Nick Taylor

(November 7, 2013) Mission Viejo – Early Thursday morning as the sun peeked through the clouds, three-time Paralympic gold medalists David Wagner and Nick Taylor practiced at the Marguerite Tennis Pavilion.

 

It would be just hours until the two would compete against each other in the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters and then join forces for the ITF Wheelchair Doubles Masters in Mission Viejo. The tournaments run through Nov. 11.

 

Watching the “Superhumans” slam the tennis ball back and forth, there was no mistaking the camaraderie between the two friends and competitors.  But one might assume that competing against each other could cause a bit of friction.

 

“We compete against each other a lot … probably 80 times in our careers,” said Wagner, the top-ranked quadriplegic tennis player in the world. “In singles competition, you don’t think about that relationship; you just play as well as you can and then take some time to regroup (before playing together in doubles) and give it your best. We never take it personal.”

 

This is the first time that either of the year-end singles and doubles events has been hosted in the United States, and the first time since 2002 that the two events have been held at the same venue. Event organizers and players say having the two events together has been “phenomenal.”

 

“From a tournament standpoint, it brings both singles and doubles together and gives fans the chance to see both types of play,” said Brad Parks, founder of the sport and honorary chair of the event. “Particularly in doubles, the movement in the chairs is so fascinating to watch, especially for people who have not seen it before. It’s like a chess game …”

 

Dan James, national manager of wheelchair tennis for the United States Tennis Association (USTA), agrees it’s been a boon to the players and fans alike having both tournaments together in Mission Viejo.

 

“As someone who has been involved in this for 20 years, it’s great to see wheelchair tennis in Southern California right where it started,” he said.  “The competition is on a new level having both singles and doubles together. The athletes have been playing at their highest level to bring the best possible product for the people of Mission Viejo.”

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Southland’s David Wagner Dominates in Win at Day 2 at ITF Wheelchair Tennis Masters

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(November 6, 2013) MISSION VEJO – Just like the world’s top men’s ATP pro players battling for the year-end title currently from the O2 Arena in London, England, the world’s best men’s and women’s open and quad wheelchair tennis players battled it out in round-robin play on Day 2 of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters at Mission Viejo’s Marguerite Tennis Pavilion.

 

The Roger Federer of the open division is top-seeded, defending champion and 2013 Australian Open champion Shingo Kunieda of Japan, who posted another solid day after a convincing win on opening day on Tuesday. For the second straight day, Kunieda dropped just one game as he defeated Gordon Reid of Great Britain, 6-1, 6-0.

 

“I had a great match today,” Kunieda said. “These are the best players in the world and everyone is tough, but I’m fit and ready to move on and play again tomorrow.”

 

Men’s quad division player David Wagner of Chula Vista, Calif. also won for the second straight day. In both matches, he won a close first set, before winning the second set 6-0. On Wednesday, he got past rival Lucas Sithole of South Africa, a player who has handed Wagner his only four losses the entire year.

 

“You never know what you’re going to get in tennis, that’s the beauty of it,” Wagner said. “Today Lucas was strong in the first set and I just happened to get some points to go my way in the second set.

 

“Lucas is extremely strong and fast and makes you run down everything. You almost have to play high-risk against him. We may face each other again. In New York at the US Open we both ended up in the same round-robin and ended up meeting later in the tournament.”

 

This is the first time that either of the year-end singles and doubles events has been hosted in the United States, and the first time since 2002 that the two events have been held at the same venue. Wheelchair tennis follows the same rules as able-bodied tennis, except that the ball can bounce twice.

 

The 2013 Wheelchair Tennis Masters in Mission Viejo continues with day sessions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and night following from 6 to 10 p.m. through Monday, Nov. 11. Tickets are still available at www.itfwheelchairmasters.

 

Along with competition this week, fans will be entertained by a number of activities including a Tennis Greats Night on Saturday, Nov. 9.  The 6 p.m. event includes Bob Lutz, Michael Chang, Roy Emerson and Dennis Ralston.  Also, on Thursday, Nov. 7 following the night session’s first match, an “Up/Down Exhibition” will be held to show the integrative qualities of wheelchair tennis versus other sports. On Friday, Nov. 8, the Nadadores Dive Team will host an exhibition diving event at 6 p.m.  On Saturday, Nov. 9 current and former military personnel will be honored through Military Appreciation Day. Complimentary tickets will be available for all past and present military personnel. A free Wounded Warrior Clinic will be held that day from 3:30 to 5 p.m. for any wounded veterans interested in trying wheelchair tennis. A “SoCal Locals” free Wheelchair Tennis Clinic rounds out the activities on Sunday.

Folks unable to attend the matches can catch all of the action streamed live online on the city’s YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/missionviejoca. Tennis results will also be updated each night at http://itfwheelchairtennismasters.com.

NEC WHEELCHAIR TENNIS MASTERS, MISSION VIEJO, CALIFORNIA

RESULTS – 6 NOVEMBER

 

Men’s Pool 1

 

(1) Shingo Kunieda (JPN) d. (4) Gordon Reid (GBR) 61 60

Gustavo Fernandez (ARG) d. Nicolas Peifer (FRA) 36 76(6) 64

 

Men’s Pool 2

 

Joachim Gerard (BEL) d. Michael Jeremiasz (FRA) 26 62 63

(2) Stephane Houdet (FRA) d. (3) Maikel Scheffers (NED) 64 64

 

Women’s Pool 1

(1) Sabine Ellerbrock (GER) d. Lucy Shuker (GBR) 36 75 60

(4) Marjolein Buis (NED) d. Jordanne Whiley (GBR) 63 36 62

 

Women’s Pool 2

Sharon Walraven (NED) d. Kgothatso Montjane (RSA) 57 61 64

(2) Jiske Griffioen (NED) d. (3) Yui Kamiji (NED) 63 36 61

 

Quad Round-Robin

(1) David Wagner (USA) d. (2) Lucas Sithole (RSA) 76(6) 60

Andy Lapthorne (GBR) d. Nicholas Taylor (USA) 62 62

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NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters Results for November 5

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(November 5, 2013) The latest results from the 2013 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters and ITF Wheelchair Doubles Masters taking place in Mission Viejo, CaliforniaUSA on 5-11 November. The Doubles Masters starts on 7 November. The ITF’s two-year end wheelchair tennis events are being held alongside each other for the first time since 2002. Eight men, eight women and four quad players are competing in the singles, while the doubles features eight men’s pairs, six women’s pairs and four quad pairs.

 

The NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters was initiated in 1994 to honour the top players who have shown dedication and professionalism to the sport, and forms the climax to the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, that in 2013 featured approximately 160 events in more than 40 countries. In the men’s and women’s events, eight players compete in two round-robin groups, with the top two players in each group reaching the semifinals. In the quad event, four players compete in one round-robin group, with the top two players contesting the final.

 

The ITF Wheelchair Doubles Masters was first held alongside the NEC Masters in 2000, and became a standalone event in 2003. In the men’s event, eight pairs compete in two round-robin groups, with the top two pairs in each group reaching the semifinals. In the women’s event, six pairs compete in two round-robin groups, with the top two pairs in each group contesting the semifinals. In the quad event, four pairs compete in one round-robin group, with the top two pairs contesting the final.

For the latest news and results from the event, please visit the ITF wheelchair website: www.itftennis.com/wheelchair

 

NEC WHEELCHAIR TENNIS MASTERS, MISSION VIEJO, CALIFORNIA

RESULTS – 5 NOVEMBER

 

Men’s Pool 1

 

(1) Shingo Kunieda (JPN) d. Gustavo Fernandez (ARG) 60 61

(4) Gordon Reid (GBR) d. Nicolas Peifer (FRA) 61 62

 

Men’s Pool 2

 

Michael Jeremiasz (FRA) d. (3) Maikel Scheffers (NED) 46 64 75

Joachim Gerard (BEL) d. (2) Stephane Houdet (FRA) 63 26 63

 

Women’s Pool 1

 

Jordanne Whiley (GBR) d. (1) Sabine Ellerbrock (GER) 26 61 61

(4) Marjolein Buis (NED) d. Lucy Shuker (GBR) 64 16 64

 

Women’s Pool 2

 

(2) Jiske Griffioen (NED) d. Kgothatso Montjane (RSA) 61 61

(3) Yui Kamiji (NED) d. Sharon Walraven (NED) 62 60

 

Quad Round-Robin

 

(1) David Wagner (USA) d. Andy Lapthorne (GBR) 75 60

(2) Lucas Sithole (RSA) d. Nicholas Taylor (USA) 60 64

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World’s Greatest Superhumans compete at Wheelchair Tennis Masters

 

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(November 5, 2013) Fresh off the tennis courts after clinching his opening match, Shingo Kunieda is excited about defending his title at the Wheelchair Tennis Masters in Mission Viejo this week.

 

“I am playing in Mission Viejo under the sunshine … I am very fit, have confidence and I want to win,” he said.

 

Kunieda of Japan is ranked # 1 in the men’s singles, # 2 in the men’s doubles and won the 2013 Australian Open Grand Slam Singles. He is one of 38 “Superhumans” from around the globe who have converged on Mission Viejo’s Marguerite Tennis Pavilion to compete in the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters and the ITF Wheelchair Doubles Masters.

 

This is the first time that either of these year-end events has been hosted in the United States, and the first time since 2002 that the two events have been held at the same venue. Wheelchair tennis follows the same rules as able-bodied tennis, except that the ball can bounce twice.

 

On this first day of play, the world’s best wheelchair tennis players seem right at home in this South County city.

 

While fueling up with some carbs, Jordanne Whiley of Great Britain said she is hoping to do “well.”  Britain’s youngest ever National women’s singles champion in wheelchair tennis said she’s been training hard for the event but doesn’t feel “any pressure” and has been enjoying her surroundings.

 

“From what I have seen so far, Mission Viejo is beautiful and a great venue for this event,” she said.

 

San Clemente resident Brad Parks agrees. He founded the sport and serves as the Honorary Chair of the 2013 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters and ITF Wheelchair Doubles Masters.

 

“The fact that the city has gotten involved and is bringing this to the community is huge,” he said. “The community can come out here, be involved and feel good about their city.  I would hope that people would say they are glad they live in Mission Viejo.”

 

The 2013 Wheelchair Tennis Masters continues with day sessions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and night following from 6 to 10 p.m. through Monday, Nov. 11. Tickets are still available at www.itfwheelchairmasters.

 

Along with incredible competition this week, fans will be entertained by a number of activities including a Tennis Greats Night on Saturday, Nov. 9.  The 6 p.m. event includes Bob Lutz, Michael Chang, Roy Emerson and Dennis Ralston.  Also, on Thursday, Nov. 7 following the night session’s first match, an “Up/Down Exhibition” will be held to show the integrative qualities of wheelchair tennis versus other sports. On Friday, November 8, the Nadadores Dive Team will host an exhibition diving event at 6 p.m.  On Saturday, Nov. 9 current and former military personnel will be honored through Military Appreciation Day. Complimentary tickets will be available for all past and present military personnel. A free Wounded Warrior Clinic will be held that day from 3:30 to 5 p.m. for any wounded veterans interested in trying wheelchair tennis. A “SoCal Locals” free Wheelchair Tennis Clinic rounds out the activities on Sunday.

 

Folks unable to attend the matches can catch all of the action streamed live online at http://cityofmissionviejo.org/mvtv and on the city’s YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/missionviejoca. Tennis results will also be updated each night at http://itfwheelchairtennismasters.com.

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2013 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters Begins on November 5

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., November 4, 2013 – The USTA and ITF today announced that Mission Viejo, Calif., will host the 2013 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters at the Marguerite Tennis Pavilion, featuring the top wheelchair tennis players in the world. The 2013 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters (singles) will be held November 5-11, and the ITF Wheelchair Doubles Masters will be held November 7-11.

 

This is the first time that either of these year-end events has been hosted in the United States, and the first time since 2002 that the two events have been held at the same venue. Wheelchair tennis follows the same rules as able-bodied tennis, except that the ball can bounce twice.

 

The NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters, first held in 1994, is the ITF year-end championship for the world’s top eight men’s and women singles players and the world’s top four quad singles players.

 

The ITF Wheelchair Doubles Masters is the flagship wheelchair tennis doubles event. First staged in 2000, the season-ending event currently features the world’s top eight men’s pairs, top six women’s pairs and top four quad pairs.

 

The United States will be well-represented in quad singles and doubles by the three-time Paralympic Quad doubles gold medalists David Wagner (Chula Vista, Calif.) and Nick Taylor (Wichita, Kan.). Wagner and Taylor won the US Open quad doubles title this year for the sixth time, remaining the only team ever to hoist the trophy at that event. Wagner also won the 2012 US Open quad singles title.  Other Americans competing in Mission Viejo include Stephen Welch (Southlake, Texas) and Greg Hasterok (San Diego), both of whom will be playing doubles.

 

This year’s tournament will include a Wounded Warriors Clinic and “Tennis Greats Night,” both held on Saturday, November 9. In addition to top wheelchair tennis players, the “Tennis Greats Night” will include Bob Lutz, Michael Chang, Roy Emerson, and Dennis Ralston. A number of wheelchair tennis clinics and exhibitions also will take place throughout the week.

Mission Viejo has been a longtime supporter of wheelchair tennis. For seven years, it has hosted the USTA-ITF International Junior Wheelchair Tennis Camp for youth ages 12-18. This year’s camp included players from 10 different states and six different countries.

 

Tickets and information are available at www.itfwheelchairmasters.com. The tournament

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NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters – Kunieda and Griffioen Win Titles

NEC WHEELCHAIR TENNIS MASTERS, MECHELEN, BELGIUM

 

Shingo Kunieda of Japan and Jiske Griffioen of the Netherlands won their first NEC Masters men’s singles and women’s singles titles, beating Maikel Scheffers and Aniek van Koot of the Netherlands respectively.

 

The NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters was initiated in 1994 to honour the top players who have shown dedication and professionalism to the sport, and forms the climax to the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, that in 2012 featured approximately 170 events in more than 40 countries. In the men’s and women’s events, eight players compete in two round-robin groups, with the top two players in each group reaching the semifinals. In the quad event, four players compete in one round-robin group, with the top two players contesting the final.

MEN’S FINAL

 

Shingo Kunieda (JPN) (3) d. Maikel Scheffers (NED) (2) 62 46 62

 

WOMEN’S FINAL

 

Jiske Griffioen (NED) (4) d. Aniek van Koot (1) 64 64

 

MEN’S 3RD PLACE PLAY-OFF

 

Stephane Houdet (FRA) (1) d. Stefan Olsson (SWE) 26 61 63

 

WOMEN’S 3RD PLACE PLAY-OFF

 

Sabine Ellerbrock (GER) (2) d. Marjolein Buis (NED) (3) 36 62 64

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NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters – Wagner Wins Quad Title

(November 10, 2012) The latest results from the 2012 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters taking place in Mechelen, Belgium on 7-11 November. Eight men, eight women and four quad players are competing in the ITF’s year-end wheelchair tennis singles championship.

NEC WHEELCHAIR TENNIS MASTERS, MECHELEN, BELGIUM

 

David Wagner of USA won his fifth NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters quad singles title on the penultimate day of play, beating Andy Lapthorne of Great Britain 64 62.

 

Sunday’s men’s singles final will see world No.2 Maikel Scheffers of the Netherlands take on world No.3 Shingo Kunieda of Japan.

 

The women’s singles final will be an all-Dutch contest between world No. 2 Aniek van Koot and world No. 5 Jiske Griffioen.

 

QUAD FINAL

David Wagner (USA) (1) d. Andy Lapthorne (GBR) (2) 64 62

 

WOMEN SEMIS

Jiske Griffioen (NED) (4) d. Marjolein Buis (NED) (3) 63 62

 

WOMEN SEMIS

Aniek van Koot (NED) (1) d. Sabine Ellerbrock (GER) (2) 62 62

 

MEN SEMIS

Maikel Scheffers (NED) (2) d. Stephane Houdet (FRA) (1) 57 76(7) 75

 

MEN SEMIS
Shingo Kunieda (JPN) (3) d. Stefan Olsson (SWE) (4) 63 60

 

QUAD 3rd/4th PLAYOFF

Anders Hard (SWE) d. Nick Taylor (USA) 62 64

 

MEN’S 5th/6th PLAYOFF

Gustavo Fernandez (ARG) d. Ronald Vink (NED) 26 62 62

 

MEN’S 7th/8th PLAYOFF

Gordon Reid (GBR) d. Michael Jeremiasz (FRA) WO

 

WOMEN’S 5th/6th PLAYOFF

Annick Sevenans (BEL) d. Sharon Walraven (NED) 64 62

 

WOMEN’S 7th/8th PLAYOFF

Kgothatso Montjane (RSA) d. Lucy Shuker (GBR) 64 63

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NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters Results

(November 9, 2012) The latest results from the 2012 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters taking place in Mechelen, Belgium on 7-11 November. Eight men, eight women and four quad players are competing in the ITF’s year-end wheelchair tennis singles championship.

 

The NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters was initiated in 1994 to honour the top players who have shown dedication and professionalism to the sport, and forms the climax to the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, that in 2012 featured approximately 170 events in more than 40 countries. In the men’s and women’s events, eight players compete in two round-robin groups, with the top two players in each group reaching the semifinals. In the quad event, four players compete in one round-robin group, with the top two players contesting the final.

 

NEC WHEELCHAIR TENNIS MASTERS, MECHELEN, BELGIUM

 

MEN ROUND ROBIN – Pool 1

Stephane Houdet (FRA) (1) d. Ronald Vink (NED) (4) 64 75

Stefan Olsson (SWE) 62 61 d. Michael Jeremiasz (FRA) 62 75

 

MEN ROUND ROBIN – Pool 2

Shingo Kunieda (JPN) (3) d. Gustavo Fernandez (ARG) 60 60

Maikel Scheffers (NED) (2) d. Gordon Reid (GBR) 46 62 64

 

WOMEN ROUND ROBIN – Pool 1

Aniek van Koot (NED) (1) d. Kgothatso Montjane (RSA) 61 63

Jiske Griffioen (NED) (4) d. Sharon Walraven (NED) 60 57 64

 

WOMEN ROUND ROBIN – Pool 2

Sabine Ellerbrock (GER) (2) d. Annick Sevenans (BEL) 61 63

Lucy Shuker (GBR) d. Marjolein Buis (NED) (3) 16 63 64

 

QUADS ROUND ROBIN

David Wagner (USA) (1) d. Anders Hard (SWE) 60 67(6) 61

Andy Lapthorne (GBR) (2) d. Nick Taylor (USA) 63 63

 

The quad singles final will be David Wagner from USA against Andy Lapthorne from Great Britain.

The men’s semifinals will see Stephane Houdet from France against Maikel Scheffers from the Netherlands and Shingo Kunieda from Japan against Stefan Olsson from Sweden.

The women’s semifinals will see Aniek van Koot from the Netherlands against Sabine Ellerbrock from Germany and Jiske Griffioen against fellow Dutchwoman Marjolein Buis.

 

For the latest news and results from the event, please visit the ITF wheelchair website: www.itftennis.com/wheelchair

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NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters – Day 1 Results

The latest results from the 2011 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters event at the Heiveld Tennis Centre in Mechelen, Belgium taking place November 8-12, 2011. The ITF’s year-end wheelchair tennis singles event features eight men, eight  women as well as four quad players.Visit the relaunched ITF wheelchair tennis website: www.itftennis.com/wheelchair.

 

 

MEN – Pool A

Nicolas Peifer (FRA) d. Satoshi Saida (JPN) 62 63

Maikel Scheffers (NED) d. Robin Ammerlaan (NED) 36 63 60

 

MEN – Pool B

Stephane Houdet (FRA) d. Ronald Vink (NED) 62 67(4) 62

Stefan Olsson (SWE) d. Frederic Cattaneo (FRA) 36 60 60

 

WOMEN – Pool A

Esther Vergeer (NED) d. Sabine Ellerbrock (GER) 61 61

Aniek van Koot (NED) d. Annick Sevenans (BEL) 64 76(4)

 

WOMEN – Pool B

Sharon Walraven (NED) d. Marjolein Buis (NED) 76(7) 67(2) 61

Jiske Griffioen (NED) d. Daniela di Toro (AUS) 61 63

 

QUADS

Andrew Lapthorne (GBR) d. David Wagner (USA) 62 75

Noam Gershony (ISR) d. Nick Taylor (USA) 61 60

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