Dermot Bailey retains Wrexham Wheelchair Tennis title

Dermot Bailey retains Wrexham Wheelchair Tennis title
Dermot Bailey

23/10/16

Dermot Bailey retained his men’s singles title on the last day of the Wrexham Wheelchair Tennis Tournament as Israel’s Veromica Zvik took the women’s singles title.

Top seed Bailey eased to victory in the men’s singles final, defeating second seed Scott Smith 6-1, 6-0.

There was a much tighter finish to the men’s doubles final and something of an upset as Ruairi Logan and Greg Shea won their first ITF Futures Series title together. After defeating top seeds Smith and Keith Thom in the semi-finals, Logan and Shea bounced back from dropping the opening set in the final to edge out Bailey and Steve Crompton 1-6, 6-1, (10-4) after a deciding match tie-break.

Zvik earned a 6-3, 6-2 win over Andrea Weston in the women’s singles final,  but there was an all-British success in the women’s doubles as Debbie Brazier and Caroline MacDonald completed the event with two wins from their two matches. Brazier and MacDonald lifted the title after defeating Sarah Gaisford and Weston 6-0, 6-2.

Final Draws 

22/10/16

Dermot Bailey has reached his second men’s singles final in successive weeks and Andrea Weston’s booked her place in the first ITF Futures Series women’s singles final after the first two days of Wrexham Wheelchair Tennis Tournament.

Top seed Bailey followed up an opening 6-0, 6-0 win over Tony Tibbs on the first day of play with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over former Wrexham semi-finalist Pim Palmen in his quarter-final as all four seeds reached this year’s semi-finals with relative ease.

Later on the second day of competition Bailey raced past fourth seed Ruairi Logan 6-1, 6-0, while second seed Scott Smith defeated third seed Keith Thom 6-1, 6-2 to also reach his first main draw ITF Futures Series final.

In the women’s singles top seed and defending champion Debbie Brazier had a bye in the semi-finals on the opening day of competition. However, she was unable to defend her title after Weston followed up her 6-3, 6-2 quarter-final win over Deena Webster by beating Brazier 6-3, 6-3 in the last four. Caroline MacDonald battled hard to try and make it an all-British final, but she was edged out in the other semi-final by Israel’s Veronica Zvik as the second seed held on for a 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 victory.

The top seeds also went out of the men’s doubles in the semi-finals after Logan and Greg Shea earned a narrow 7-5, 7-6(1) victory over Smith and Thom.

Bailey reached his second final of the tournament after pairing up with Steve Crompton to win their doubles semi-final against Ben Johnson-Rolfe and Mark Langeveld 6-2, 6-2 after the trend of straight sets wins continued.

The first day of women’s doubles round-robin competition featured a 6-7(2), 6-4, (10-7) victory for Webster and Zvik, who edged out Sarah Gaisford and Weston after a deciding match tie-break. However, Webster and Zvik lost out 6-3, 6-3 to Brazier and MacDonald, who now bid for a second victory that would seal the women’s doubles title when they take on Gaisford and Weston.

PREVIEW

Defending champions Dermot Bailey and Debbie Brazier head the men’s and women’s seedings for this weekend’s Wrexham Wheelchair Tennis Tournament. Wales hosts an international wheelchair tennis event for the twelfth successive year from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd October.

It is the fourth successive year that Wrexham Tennis Centre has hosted the ITF Futures Series event supported by the Tennis Foundation and Tennis Wales. The Wrexham tournament is the sixth of eight British world ranking tournaments on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour in 2016.

Top seed Bailey, from Kettering, will be out to try and secure his fifth world ranking men’s singles title on home soil in the last two seasons after securing victories at ITF Futures events in Sheffield and Gloucester prior to his success in Wrexham last year. He also retained his Sheffield title earlier this year.

The current British No. 4 and National champion’s main opposition this year is likely to include former National Champion Scott Smith. Smith has been in fine form in domestic competition this year, winning three of the Tennis Foundation’s National Wheelchair Tennis Series tournaments around the UK. National School Games gold medallist Ruairi Logan, winner of the most recent National Wheelchair Tennis Series tournament in Glasgow, is also likely to be a strong contender.

While Newport’s Brazier will be keen to keep the women’s singles titles in Wales, Welsh interest in this year’s tournament also includes National School Games boys’ singles bronze medallist and doubles gold medallist Ben Johnson-Rolfe. Johnson-Rolfe also represented Great Britain for the first time earlier this year in the junior event at the World Team Cup in Tokyo.

Brazier is likely to face strong opposition to her women’s singles title defence from Israel’s Veronica Zvik. An otherwise all-British field is led by Caroline MacDonald.

“We are delighted to be bringing international wheelchair tennis back to Wrexham Tennis Centre after some fantastic events over the last three years,” said Tournament Director Andrew Roberts.

“For anyone who has never watched wheelchair tennis I would encourage you to come and watch some tremendous sport and I hope it will encourage more and more people to get involved with opportunities to play at all levels across Wales, supported by the Tennis Foundation and Tennis Wales.”

Entry to the Wrexham Wheelchair Tennis Tournament is free for spectators on all three days of competition.

The Wrexham tournament will also give players the chance to play for ranking points and gain valuable match practice ahead of the ITF 1 Series Bath Indoor, Britain’s penultimate world ranking event of the year, which takes place on 15-19 November.

The world’s elite will then contest the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters, the year-end championships for the top singles players, at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, on 31 November-4 December.

The NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters is the ITF’s year-end championship for the world’s top ranked wheelchair tennis singles players. The top eight men’s and women’s players and the top six quad players in the ITF Wheelchair Tennis Rankings are invited to battle it out to be crowned master of their division. Buy your tickets now.