Hussain wins Warwick National Wheelchair Tennis Series

Hussain wins Warwick National Wheelchair Tennis Series

Mehboob Hussain took the main draw singles and doubles honours at the recent Warwick National Series Wheelchair Tennis Tournament as the fourth of nine tournaments across the country in 2016 saw a strong entry of players compete for the title.

Second seed for the tournament, Hussain beat first seed John Lambert in the final in a tightly contested match. After winning the first set 4-2, Lambert fought back to level at one set all before Hussain took the decider on a Championship tie-break 10-4.

Top seed Lambert had made it to the final for the loss of just three games in the quarter and semi-finals, before coming up against Hussain, who had got past Mark Langeveld in two tight sets 5-4, 5-3 in his semi-final. The win follows up Hussain’s runner-up placing in last month’s National Series tournament in Grantham

Hussain and Lambert then teamed up in the main draw doubles to take the title after defeating Tony Helsop and Geoff Ellis 7-5, 6-4 in the final. Helsop and Ellis had made the final without losing a game as they defeated Mark Esho and Debbie Brazier in the quarter-final and Manojkanth Somasundaram and Val Fisher in the semis. Meanwhile Hussain and Lambert had a slightly tougher passage to the final, defeating Nick Smelt and Gregory Shea 5-3, 4-2 in the quarter-finals and then Gary Cox and Mark Langeveld 4-2, 4-0 in their semi-final.

Aside from the main draw competition eight players contested the Novice Singles event with Gary Cox emerging victorious, beating David Denholm, 6-2, 6-0 in the final. Denholm enjoyed a fine event, beating the number one seed Deena Webster in the quarter-finals 4-2, 4-2 and then booking his place in the final with a 4-1, 4-1 victory over Nick King.

Second seed Cox moved into the semi-finals with a comfortable 4-0, 4-0 win over Tracey Proudlock before defeating George Davis: 5-4(5) 4-0 to make the final, where he took the title.

In the Novice Doubles David Denholm and Tracey Proudlock teamed up to take the title after winning both of their two matches in the round-robin event, beating runners-up George Davis and Mick Green in a crucial deciding match tie-break.