The Tennis Foundation will host the tournament in Bolton ©Tennis Foundation

The seventh International Sports Federation for Persons with Intellectual Disability (Inas) World Tennis Championships will be held in Bolton in 2017, it has been announced.

Britain's leading tennis charity The Tennis Foundation will host the event at the USN Bolton Arena in the northern English city.

Singles and doubles events will be held as players battle to become world champions in their respective divisions between April 9 and 14.

England's Fabrice Higgins, the world number two player with learning disabilities, said: "It is really exciting news that the Inas World Tennis Championships will be coming to England in 2017.

"I’ve had some really great results at previous Championships and I’m looking forward to competing for more gold medals and to do that in front of a home crowd will be fantastic."

Fellow home hopeful Peter Millar added: "Having the Inas World Championships in Bolton in 2017 is an amazing opportunity to play on our home soil against the world’s top players; it is almost too hard to put into words how exciting it is."

Peter Millar will be one of the home players hoping to take part
Peter Millar will be one of the home players hoping to take part ©Tennis Foundation

Millar added: “If I am fortunate enough to be selected it will be a great honour to be part of the GB team.

"I have played in four Inas tournaments, all of which have been amazing experiences and to put on a GB kit is a dream come true."

The Championships will be one of many events that the Tennis Foundation will use to encourage more people with a learning disability to take up sport.

"We are delighted to be bringing yet another world class event to Great Britain when we host the seventh Inas World Tennis Championships in 2017," said tournament director Liz Terry, the disability competitions manager at the Tennis Foundation.

"The USN Bolton Arena is a fantastic venue and we look forward to working with Inas and UKSA to put on a fantastic event in 2017 that players and fans alike will love.”