Trio win brace of titles at York Visually Impaired Tennis Regional Tournament

Trio win brace of titles at York Visually Impaired Tennis Regional Tournament
Callum Lock in action
Callum Lock and James Currie
Callum Lock and James Currie

James Currie, Callum Lock and Jan Reynolds all won singles and doubles titles over the weekend at the second Tennis Foundation Visually Impaired Tennis Regional Tournament of 2017 at David Lloyd Centre, York.

For the second successive year Currie dominated the B2 men’s singles in York with two 6-0 wins in his four matches. The toughest of his challenges came against runner-up Arif Malik, who Currie defeated 6-3.

Lock secured victory in the B4/B5 mixed singles.  The only two games Lock lost throughout his three matches were to Rosie Pybus, the B4 women’s singles winner in 2016.

Currie and Lock added the Visually Impaired men’s doubles to their singles successes without dropping a game. After a first round bye the duo eased through their semi-final against Jack Fisher and Malik 4-0 before wrapping up a 6-0 victory over Ralph Aldred and David Deas in the final.

Nikhil Nair
Nikhil Nair

Another player to win a title in York for the second successive years was Nikhil Nair. Winner of the B1 mixed singles in 2016, Nair took the honours in the B1 men’s singles this year after a closely-contested event that featured a number of tiebreaks in round-robin and knockout matches.

Nair won two tiebreaks on the way to winning his group and booking his place in the semi-finals. He then won another thrilling encounter to beat Saqib Hussain 4-3(12), with the other semi-final also being settled in a tiebreak as Sidney Tambin defeated Daniel Owen 4-3(6). And the trend for deciding tiebreaks continued in the final, with Nair earning a 4-3(5) victory over Tambin.

With separate B1 singles events for both men and women players this year Kelly Cronin, Laura Grant and Yvette Priestley were all involved in tiebreaks in their group matches before advancing to join Fiona Musgrove in the semi-finals.

Cronin maintained her unbeaten record as she won her second tiebreak to defeat Priestley 4-3(4) in the last four, while Grant edged out Musgrove 4-3(9) to also progress to the final. After two tiebreak semi-finals, the final proved relatively straightforward for Cronin as she took the women’s B1 singles title 4-1 against Grant.

Fiona Musgrove and Yvette Priestley, women's B1 doubles
Fiona Musgrove and Yvette Priestley

However, Musgrove and Priestley proved strongest in the B1 mixed doubles, fending off all-comers as they beat Chris Jefferies and Nair 4-3(3) in the semi-finals and Cronin and Qasib Nazir 4-1 in the final.

Reynolds’ road to a brace of titles began with a dominant set of performances in her B3 women’s singles round-robin group, which she won without dropping a single game in three matches. Sarah Fortescue won three close matches to top the other round-robin group, with a narrow 7-6(3) victory over Odette Battarel proving the difference between first and second in the group as both players progressed to the semi-finals.

Fortescue produced another battling performance to beat Andrea Logan 7-5 and earn her place in the final. However, she would prove unable to stop Reynolds, who made it five 6-0 wins in five matches after claiming her semi-final against Battarel and the final against Fortescue with ease.

The B3 women’s doubles proved more of a challenge, but Reynolds and Joanna Turnbull still came through to take the major honours with two straight sets wins, beating Gillian Currie and Fortescue 6-2 in the final.

Jan Reynolds and Joanna Turnbull, women's doubles winners, York
Jan Reynolds and Joanna Turnbull

Paul Ryb was also dominant in the B3 men’s singles, winning all three of his round-robin matches with relative ease. Ryb dropped just six games throughout and beat runner-up Alexander Wheen 6-2.

Medals were presented by York Disability Tennis Network Patron, actress Katie Sheridan, alongside York Disability Tennis Network’s Andrew Crockett.

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