Joachim Gerard and Diede de Groot were crowned men’s and women’s singles champions as play came to an end today at the inaugural Bath Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament.
With the ITF 1 level event coming to the University of Bath for the first time Belgium’s Gerard enjoyed perfect preparation for the defence of his NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters title in two weeks’ time by taking the singles (and doubles) title.
Facing second seed Gustavo Fernandez in the final Gerard powered to his fourth title of the year dropping only one game, wrapping up the win 6-0, 6-1.
“I am very happy to win the title here in Bath. I came out today and was just really focussed on my game and it was a great match for me. Gustavo is a tough player, he hits very big but I was just really on my game from the first point,” said Gerard.
“It is good preparation for me as I am heading to the Singles Masters in just under two weeks where I will be defending my title and this will give me a lot of confidence.”
“>Gerard made it a doubly successfully weekend as he teamed up with Sweden’s Stefan Olsson to win the doubles, beating Fernandez and his partner Maikel Scheffers 3-6,7-6(3),10-4 in the final.
In the women’s final de Groot successfully claimed her fifth ITF 1 title as she defeated Sabine Ellerbrock in straight sets 6-2, 6-1. De Groot, who won the corresponding event last year when it was held in Nottingham, had too much power for Ellerbrock as she showcased a clinical display of big serving and big groundstrokes.
“To win the title here in Bath is great,” said de Groot. “Last year in Nottingham it was my first ITF 1 tournament and I’m pleased to have defended my title here in Bath. I am feeling good and looking forward to building on this at the Singles Masters in London.”
As well as the final day of UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour competition, Saturday also saw a number of local families attend the event to try tennis for themselves at a free come and try day which rounded off five fantastic days of tennis organised by the Tennis Foundation at the University of Bath Sports Village.