Nottingham’s James Shaw took main draw singles honours over the weekend at Grantham Wheelchair Tennis Tournament, the third of nine tournaments across the country this year in the Tennis Foundation’s National Wheelchair Tennis Series.
With the National Wheelchair Tennis Series featuring main draw and novice draws and open to male and female players of all ages and abilities, fourth seed Helen Bond lived up to her seeding in the main draw to reach the semi-finals after starting her challenge with an early 4-0, 5-3 win over junior Ben Johnson-Rolfe.
Darren Whitlock came through the only match in the main draw to go to a deciding match tie-break, earning a 4-0, 1-4, (11-9) first round win over Ashley Davis. However, Bond went on to record a 4-2, 4-1 victory over Whitlock to book her place in the last four.
Bond then came against top seed Mehboob Hussain, a semi-finalist in the first National Series tournament of the year in Loughborough in March, and Hussain clinched a first set tie-break before going on to advance to the final 5-4(7), 4-0.
Third seed Tony Heslop, a finalist in the second National Series event of the year in Taunton last month, bowed out in the quarter-finals in Grantham as Mark Langeveld joined Shaw in dropping just one game in the last eight.
Shaw, a member of the Tennis Foundation’s Wheelchair Tennis World Class Programme competing in the quad division, took on all-comers in the main draw in Grantham. After a first round bye Shaw’s progress saw him drop just three games in his two matches en route to the final and he then sealed the title by defeating Hussain 5-3, 4-1.
Hussain partnered Heslop to the doubles final after they dropped just two games in each of their first two matches. Meanwhile, the bottom half of the doubles draw featured a much closer first round contest for Gary Cox and Jeff Youell before they edged out Bond and Deena Webster 2-4, 5-3, (10-8).
Cox and Youell saw their own progress come to an end in the semi-finals as Johnson-Rolfe and Langeveld advanced 4-2, 4-1. That turned out to be a win that was to ultimately earn the doubles title for Johnson-Rolfe and Langeveld, who were awarded a walkover in the final.
Aside from the competition for the main draw events four players contested the novice singles. Dan Metcalfe-Hall came out on top, winning all three of his round-robin matches against Tabitha Fung, Nicholas King and Dave Hayton Hill. He did so for the loss of a total of just two games, both of which came in a 4-2, 4-0 win over runner-up Hayton-Hill.