Glen Gent completed the Roma Sport National Wheelchair Tennis Series in Grantham with singles and doubles titles over the weekend.
The 13-strong mixed singles draw at Grantham Tennis Centre began with comfortable early wins for the leading players. As the competition progressed, Val Fisher and Helen Bond earned their places in the last four. Bond edged out Dan Metcalfe-Hall 6-3, 7-6(4) in the last eight, while Fisher made it back-to-back straight sets wins with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Gary Cox.
However, Gent and Philip Fielding were dominant from the start as they booked their places in the final. Runner-up in the last National Series tournament in Warwick, Fielding dropped just two games in his first match in Grantham. He subsequently beat Bond 6-0, 6-1 in the semi-finals. Meanwhile, Gent recorded back-to-back 6-0, 6-0 wins to reach the final.
The final provided a much tougher contest for both players. Fielding made much the better start, but Gent would not be denied. After winning a second set tie-break he went on to take the deciding match tie-break for a 0-6, 7-6(5), (10-5) victory.
Gent and Fielding also met in the final of the doubles. Cox and Fielding dropped just one game en route to the final, beating Darren Whitlock and Metcalfe-Hall 6-0, 6-0 in the semis. Meanwhile, Gent again enjoyed successive 6-0, 6-0 wins as he partnered Ben Johnson-Rolfe to the title decider.
As with the singles event, the doubles final culminated in a deciding match tie-break. But once again Gent emerged victorious, joining forces with Johnson-Rolfe to win 6-2, 1-6, (10-7).
The 2017 Roma Sport National Wheelchair Tennis Series continues in Taunton this coming weekend, 10-11 June.