Mark Langeveld made it back-to-back titles when he won the main draw singles over the weekend at Warwick Wheelchair Tennis Tournament. Langeveld has therefore won titles at the first two tournaments in the 2017 Roma Sport National Wheelchair Tennis Series.
More than 20 players contested five singles and doubles events at the University Of Warwick Tennis Centre. Asif Abbasi won the second draw singles. Meanwhile, Greg Wrightson beat Sarah Tilman to the novice singles title.
Winner of the men’s singles at the first National Wheelchair Tennis Series tournament in Loughborough in March, Langeveld twice came from a set down to win two deciding match tie-breaks in the main draw singles.
The mixed main draw singles saw Suzanne Edwards join Philip Fielding in both winning two matches to reach the semi-finals. After beating Ben Jonson-Rolfe 1-6, 6-2, (10-4), Fielding was much more dominant in his semi-final, defeating Mehboob Hussain 6-0, 6-1.
Langeveld also went to a deciding match tie-break before overcoming the more experienced Keith Thom 5-7, 6-3, (12-10) to reach the last four.
Langeveld dominated his semi-final, beating Edwards 6-1, 6-1. A second match tie-break for both Fielding and Langeveld subsequently went to Langeveld, who edged to the title 4-6, 6-1, (10-8).
Langeveld and Fielding’s latest meeting in the final came after they met in the semi-finals in Loughborough in March, when Langeveld gained a straight sets win.
Manoy Soma and Asif Abbasi dominated their semi-finals to reach the second draw singles final. Abbasi made it three straight sets wins, defeating Soma 6-4, 6-4 to take the victory.
Greg Wrightson and Sarah Tilman both won their opening two novice singles matches with ease. Tilman secured back-to-back 4-0, 4-0 wins, while Wrightson dropped just one game. However, the decisive match between the two players saw Wrightson take a 3-1 lead before Tilman had to retire.
After his early loss to Langeveld in the main draw singles, Thom partnered former National School Games boys’ doubles gold medallist Nick Smelt to the main draw doubles title. The duo earned successive 4-0, 4-0 quarter-final and semi-final wins.
By contrast, Soma and Abassi needed back-to-back deciding match tie-breaks to earn their place in the final, including a thrilling 3-6, 7-5, (10-6) semi-final win over Edwards and Langeveld. Thom and Smelt led the final 6-4, 5-2 before Soma and Abassi retired.
Wrightson’s hopes of adding the novice doubles title to his novice singles victory began well. He partnered Paul McDerby to a comfortable semi-final win as Jeff Youell and Tilman also reached with relative ease. The final proved to be much closer. But ultimately Youell and Tilman sealed the title, beating McDerby and Wrightson 4-1, 3-5, (10-8) after a deciding match tie-break.