Shrewsbury Club set to host National Championships and National Wheelchair Tennis Series finals

Shrewsbury Club set to host National Championships and National Wheelchair Tennis Series finals
James Shaw

The domestic wheelchair tennis calendar comes to a celebratory end this weekend when the Tennis Foundation hosts the 2017 National Championships and the Roma Sport National Wheelchair Tennis Series Finals. Taking place from Friday 8th December to Sunday 10th December at the Shrewsbury Club, over 60 players of all ages and abilities will compete for the coveted titles in what will undoubtedly be a thrilling end to the season.

Dermot Bailey, Bath Indoor
Dermot Bailey

Former champions Dermot Bailey and David Phillipson and Phillipson’s fellow Paralympians Marc McCarroll and Kevin Simpson head the challengers for the National Championships men’s singles title. Scott Smith provides a local challenge for the National title after winning the crown for the first time in 2012 and more recently completing a hat-trick of Shrewsbury Wheelchair Tennis Tournament National Series titles in August.

Lauren Jones in action
Lauren Jones

Lauren Jones bids for a hat-trick of women’s singles National titles, with last year’s runner-up Caroline MacDonald and Shrewsbury’s Val Fisher likely to be among Jones’s main contenders. With National titles to be decided in men’s, women’s, quad and junior events, James Shaw also bids for a hat-trick of quad singles National titles.

A bumper entry of 18 players will contest the junior singles, which has been the foundation for many a young player who has gone on to represent Great Britain internationally, including Josh Cooper and Alex Chaston –  one of the leading contenders this year’s junior title.

Alex Krol, Invictus Games Toronto 2017
Alex Krol (photo credit: Roma Sport)

The Roma Sport National Wheelchair Tennis Series Finals entries include Shrewsbury’s Kevin Drake and Alex Krol, who were wheelchair tennis doubles gold medallists for the UK Team at September’s Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada, Every player who has competed in a National Series event across the country in 2017 is eligible to contest this weekend’s Finals, which again includes main draw and also a novice division for less experienced players.

Among the leading contenders for the Roma Sport National Wheelchair Tennis Series Finals will be Asif Abbasi, who won a hat-trick of main draw singles titles earlier this year at Gosling Sports Park, Liverpool Tennis Centre and Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, Stratford.

Asif Abbasi, winner at Roma Sport National Wheelchair Tennis Series in Liverpool
Asif Abbasi

Tournament Director Liz Terry commented:  “We are very excited for this week’s tournament, which showcases a wide range of ability levels and demonstrates that wheelchair tennis truly is an inclusive sport that can be enjoyed by all and which is accessible to all. Record numbers of disabled people are playing the sport across the Tennis Foundation’s network of venues and we are delighted to be bringing our year-end domestic finale to The Shrewsbury Club – a venue which has a long history of hosting National Series events, as well as being a tremendous example of an all-inclusive club which hosts wheelchair tennis sessions throughout the year.”

Mark Langeveld, Ben Johnson-Rolfe and David Phillipsonat Roma Sport National Series, Loughborough
Mark Langeveld, Ben Johnson-Rolfe and David Phillipson earlier this year

With play starting at 9am every day and entry free for all spectators, it’s set to be a memorable weekend of sport in the region.

NWTC Order of Play – Sunday, 10 December

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National Championships – Men’s Singles

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National Championships – Quad Singles

Roma Sport National Wheelchair Tennis Series – Singles Draw