Brits claim French Riviera Open and Tennis Canada International titles

Brits claim French Riviera Open and Tennis Canada International titles
Lucy Shuker

Six players on the Tennis Foundation’s Wheelchair Tennis World Class Programme contested the inaugural ITF 2 Series French Riviera Open in Biot. The tournament came to an end on Saturday with Antony Cotterill having won the quad doubles title alongside South Africa’s Lucas Sithole. Gordon Reid was runner-up in the men’s singles and Louise Hunt runner-up in the women’s doubles.

Meanwhile, Lucy Shuker beat Japan’s Manami Tanaka 6-4, 6-2 to retain her women’s singles title at the Tennis Canada International after partnering Tanaka to the women’s doubles title in Montreal.

30/09/17

Gordon Reid at the British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships
Gordon Reid

Gordon Reid’s hopes of becoming the inaugural men’s singles champion at the French Riviera Open came to an end in a thrilling final against Frechman Nicolas Peifer. World No.4 Reid led the third and deciding set 2-0 before the contest was decided in a final set tie-break, world No.5 Peifer taking a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(3) victory.

The women’s doubles final produced another exciting climax. However, Hunt and Michaela Spaanstra of the Netherlands eventually missed out on the title to top seeds Giulia Capocci and Charlotte Famin as the Italian-French duo claimed a 7-6(9), 2-6, (12-10) victory.

Tournament Draws 

29/09/17

Anthony Cotterill

Antony Cotterill gained his fourth quad doubles title of 2017 on the penultimate day of the French Riviera Open as Gordon Reid booked his place in the men’s singles final and Louise Hunt moved into the women’s doubles final.

After finishing runners-up at last week’s’ Sardinia Open, Cotterill and South Africa’s Lucas Sithole won their third title together and their second of this year when they defeated the USA’s Marc McLean and David Wagner 6-3, 6-3.

Top seed Reid earned a narrow win in his men’s singles semi-final, beating Sweden’s Stefan Olsson for the first time in three meetings this season. World No. 4 Reid’s 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 victory means he will play French second seed Nicolas Peifer for the inaugural French Riviera Open title.

Louise Hunt in action
Louise Hunt

Meanwhile, Hunt and Michaela Spaanstra of the Netherlands will bid for back-to-back women’s doubles titles together.

Second seeds Hunt and Spaanstra, winners of the women’s doubles at the Ath Open in August, needed a deciding match tie-break to defeat Germany’s Katharina Kruger and Polina Shakirova of Russia. However, after their 5-7, 6-2, (10-5) win Hunt and Spaanstra now play the top seeds, Italy’s Giulia Capocci and Charlotte Famin of France, in Saturday’s final.

However, Reid and Olsson’s men’s doubles campaign came to an end after another match tie-break when they were edged out by Dutchman Tom Egberink and Peifer 6-3, 3-6, (10-7) in their semi-final.

28/09/17

Gordon Reid booked his place in the men’s singles semi-finals on Thursday’s third day of play in France, while James Shaw completed his tournament by winning the quad consolation singles.

Top seed Reid plays Sweden’s Stefan Olsson on Friday for a place in the men’s final after beating Italy’s Luca Spano 6-1, 6-0.

However, the Brit challenge in the women’s singles and quad singles came to an end.

Antony Cotterill earned something of a career landmark when taking his first set of tennis ever off American world No.1 David Wagner. However, Wagner went on to book his place in the quad singles final 3-6, 6-1, 6-0. Meanwhile, Richard Green’s quad singles challenge also ended in the semi-finals after he was beaten 6-1, 6-4 by world No.3 Lucas Sithole.

Louise Hunt’s hopes of securing a third straight win of 2017 against Dutchwoman Michaela Spaanstra came to an end when Spaanstra won the singles quarter-final between the two doubles partners 6-4, 6-2. Hunt and Spaanstra have the women’s doubles semi-finals to come.

James Shaw at the British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships
James Shaw

And there was a winning end to the tournament for Shaw, who beat USA’s Marc McLean 6-1, 6-2 in the quad consolation singles final.

Tournament Draws 

27/09/17 

Antony Cotterill and Lucas Sithole earned their place in their second quad doubles final in successive weeks on the second day of the French Riviera Open. Meanwhile, Louise Hunt and Michaela Spaanstra took the victory in the women’s doubles quarter-final featuring two British-Dutch partnerships.

With three Brits in the same quad double semi, Cotterill and Sithole defeated Richard Green and James Shaw 6-2, 6-2 as the Sardinia Open finalists and top seeds booked their place in another title decider. Cotterill and Sithole will now play American second seeds Marc McLean and David Wagner for ITF 2 title.

Second seeds Hunt and Michaela Spaanstra produced a confident performance to overcome Lauren Jones and Diede de Groot 6-2, 6-1 in the last eight of the women’s doubles. Hunt and Spaanstra play Germany’s Katharina Kruger and Polina Shakirova of Russia for a place in the final.

Shaw, meanwhile, moves on to the quad consolation singles final against McLean after beating the experienced Italian Antonio Raffaele 6-4 7-6(5).

26/09/17

Gordon Reid, Louise Hunt, Antony Cotterill, James Shaw and Richard Green are all contesting singles and doubles events, while Lauren Jones bids for success in the women’s doubles, partnering Diede de Groot of the Netherlands.

Hunt, Cotterill and Greeen made winning starts on Tuesday’s first day of play. Current British No. 2 Hunt defeated Cécile Levasseur of France 6-1 to book a quarter-final against Dutch fourth seed Michaela Spaanstra.

Hunt and Spaanstra are second seeds for the women’s doubles and open their doubles bid against Jones and de Groot, which means there will be a Brit in the semi-finals.

Cotterill and Green will both feature in the quad single semi-finals. World No.9 Cotterill won his all-Brit quarter-final against Shaw 6-3, 6-4 to set up his second semi-final in a week against American world No.1 David Wagner. Meanwhile, on the other side of the draw Green opened his campaign with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over USA’s Marc McLean. Green plays South African second seed Lucas Sithole for a place in the semi-finals.

Richard Green in action
Richard Green

At least one Brit will feature in the quad doubles final as Green and Shaw pair up to take on top seeds Cotterill and Sithole. Cotterill and Sithole will set out to try and go one better than their runners-up placing at last week’s Sardinia Open.

As top seed for the men’s singles, world No.4 Reid’s had a first round bye and will begin his title challenge against Italy’s Luca Spano. Reid also partners Sweden’s Stefan Olsson in the men’s doubles. The top seeds have a bye into the semi-finals.

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Lucy Shuker at the British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships
Lucy Shuker

02/10/17

British No.1 and world No.7 Lucy Shuker beat Japan’s Manami Tanaka 6-4, 6-2 to retain her women’s singles title on Sunday’s last day of the Tennis Canada International. Shuker has now won the ITF 2 title four times since 2010.

Shuker ends the tournament with both singles and doubles titles.

Tournament Draws

01/10/17

Lucy Shuker moved to within a match of retaining her Tennis Canada International women’s singles title after beating Brazil’s Natalia Mayara 6-1, 7-5 in the semi-finals.

Top seed Shuker now plays second seed Manami Tanaka in the final, with the two players having already gained the women’s doubles title after a walkover in the scheduled final against Japan’s Shiori Funamizu and Veronica Zvik of Israel.

30/09/17

After successfully defending her women’s singles title at the PTR Championships on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, Lucy Shuker will also bid to retain her Tennis Canada International titles in Montreal this week.

British No.1 Shuker is top seed for the women’s singles and after a first round bye the world No.7 beat Canada’s Tara Llanes 6-1, 6-0 in her opening match. Shuker next plays Brazil’s Natalia Mayara in the semi-finals.

Shuker and Japan’s Manami Tanaka are also top seeds for the women ‘s doubles. After another first round bye they are through to the final after beating the all-Brazilian partnership of Meirycoll Duval and Mayara 7-6(5), 6-3. Shuker and Tanaka face Japan’s Shiori Funamizu and Veronica Zvik of Israel in the final.