Brits Dermot Bailey, Antony Cotterill, Richard Green and Mark Langeveld were all among the first round winners on Tuesday’s opening day of the 2017 Bath Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament.
Cotterill, one of five Brits on the Tennis Foundation’s Wheelchair Tennis World Class Programme who will contest the upcoming NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters, produced a final set flourish to win one of two three-set matches on the first day of competition at the University of Bath Sports Training Village.
Cotterill defeated Sweden’s former world No. 5 Anders Hard 6-1, 5-7, 6-1 to book his place in the quad singles quarter-finals against world No.1 and USA top seed David Wagner. Cotterill took Wagner to a third and deciding set for the very first time when they last met in France in September.
Green faces Australian fourth seed Heath Davidson in the last eight after defeating countryman Gary Cox 6-0, 6-2. Davidson advanced at the expense of Brit James Shaw, winning their opening contest 6-4, 6-0. Brazil’s Ymanitu Silva and Nick Taylor of the USA also join the four seeds in the last eight after straight sets wins.
Bailey ensured an improvement on last year’s round one exit in the men’s singles, defeating fellow British player Ben Johnson-Rolfe 6-1, 6-0. Bailey next plays Argentina’s world No.1 Gustavo Fernandez for the very first time.
Langeveld, who has enjoyed success on the National Wheelchair Tennis Series circuit over the last two years, won his first ITF 1 Series main draw singles match, overcoming Italy’s Massimiliano Banci 6-3, 6-4. Langeveld’s reward is a second round contest against defending champion Joachim Gerard of Belgium as he joins Bailey, Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid in the round of 16.
Elsewhere, the remaining first round matches largely produced some one-sided contests, aside from the all-Spanish match-up between Daniel Caverzaschi and Martin de la Puente, which got the tournament underway on Court 1. Caverzaschi eventually took the victory 5-7, 6-2 6-4.
The tournament lost its first seeded player, too, after Dutchman Tom Egberink defeated eighth seed Evans Maripa of South Africa 6-3, 6-1.
Hewett and Reid begin their campaigns on Wednesday against Romania’s Mihai Gaita and Belgium’s Jef Vandorpe respectively.
British No.1 Lucy Shuker also begins her women’s singles challenge on Wednesday after the four seeds were among those to have first round byes. Fourth seed and world No.7 Shuker plays South African world No. 8 Kgothatso Montjane in a tough opening contest, with both players among those who will contest the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters in two weeks’ time.
It was a difficult opening day for Brits Louise Hunt and Lauren Jones, Hunt bowing out to American Dana Mathewson 6-2, 6-3 and Jones seeing her singles challenge come to an end against world No. 10 Charlotte Famin of France 6-3 6-1. Hunt and Jones will now be on opposite sides of the net when the doubles events begin on Wednesday’s second day of the ITF 1 Series event on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour.