Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer will look to defend their men's doubles title ©Twitter/ITF

Reigning champions Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer will seek to defend their men’s title when the UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters begins tomorrow in Bemmel.

The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games gold medallists have headed to the Dutch village as the favourites for victory, but the French duo will expect to face strong competition.

Their likely challenge will come from the British pairing of Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid, with the reigning US Open champions among the eight team men’s field.

Competition will begin with two round robin pools of four teams, with the top two partnerships from each heading into the semi-finals.

Dutch duo Marjolein Buis and Diede de Groot are considered the favourites in the women’s doubles competition.

The Rio 2016 silver medallists could face competition from Britain's Lucy Shuker and Dana Mathewson of United States.

Germany's Sabine Ellerbrock and Dutchwoman Aniek van Koot will hope to be in contention for the title.

Andy Lapthorne will be joined by Antony Cotterill in the quad doubles event ©Getty Images
Andy Lapthorne will be joined by Antony Cotterill in the quad doubles event ©Getty Images

They women’s event will feature six teams, split into two round robin groups of three.

The winners and runners-up in each group will progress to the semi-finals.

Britain’s Antony Cotterill and Andy Lapthorne will begin as the defending champions in the quad doubles event, with four pairs seeking the title.

Three-time Paralympic champions Nick Taylor and David Wagner will provide significant competition, with the Americans eyeing a 10th victory at the season ending event.

The quad doubles final will take place on Saturday (November 25), with the men’s and women’s events concluding the following day.