Surbiton Invitational Wheelchair Tennis Tournament 2018: Tournament Round-Up

Surbiton Invitational Wheelchair Tennis Tournament 2018: Tournament Round-Up
Alfie Hewett
Day 3 – Round-Up

Argentina’s world No.3 Gustavo Fernandez will go into Wimbledon on the back of winning the 2018 Surbiton Invitational round-robin tournament, with Japan’s Yui Kamiji taking the women’s singles title having beaten Diede de Groot on Day 2.

Saturday’s final day of play saw Fernandez take the first set against Wimbledon and Queens champion Stefan Olsson in comprehensive fashion, before Olsson then retired mid-way through the second set with the scores at 6-1 4-3.  That was enough for Fernandez to clinch the title and head to SW19 full of confidence.

The final match of the tournament saw France’s Stephane Houdet turn the world rankings on their head as he defeated the world No.1 and the form player of 2018 to date, Shingo Kunieda, 6-1 7-6.

Day 2 – Round Up

Day 2 at Surbiton served up three tight matches as the world’s best wheelchair tennis players continued their grass court preparations for Wimbledon.

After winning one and losing one on Day 1, Alfie Hewett failed to get a second win, losing 7-6 6-3 in what was the final match of his tournament to Stephane Houdet of France.

Both world No.1 Shingo Kunieda and Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina had been among the winners on Day 1 of the round robin tournament, but it was the world No.3 who came out on top of their clash today, with Fernandez beating his Japanese opponent after a deciding match tiebreak, 2-6 6-3 (10-7).

The final match of the day also needed a deciding tiebreak as the world’s top two ranked women went head to head.  As with Kunieda, the world No.1 was defeated after having won the first set, with Japan’s Yui Kamiji defeating Diede dr Groot of the Netherlands 4-6 6-2 (10-5).

Play on the final day of the tournament gets underway at Surbiton Racket and Fitness Club at 11am on Saturday – entry is free for anyone that wants a court side view of the world’s best wheelchair tennis players fine-tuning their grass court skills.

Day 3 – Order of Play (Saturday 7 July)

Day 1 Round-Up

The top three wheelchair tennis players in the world were all winners on the first day of the pre-Wimbledon wheelchair tennis tournament at Surbiton, with Alfie Hewett, Shingo Kunieda and Gustavo Fernandez all recording victories.

Britain’s Hewett looked opened up the tournament and looked at home on the grass in defeating world No.3 Fernandez of Argentina 6-4, 7-5.  Fernandez bounced back later in the day to defeat France’s Stephane Houdet 7-6 (12-10) 6-1, before world No.1 Kunieda continued his recent top form in defeating Hewett 6-4 6-4 in a closely fought match.  The other match of the day had seen Kunieda lead last year’s Wimbledon champion Stefan Olsson of Sweden 3-1 before Olsson had to retire from the match with illness.

Elsewhere at Surbiton Racket and Fitness Club, the Tennis Foundation hosted a wheelchair tennis coaching clinic, as well as a ‘come and try’ session for local schoolchildren who got the opportunity to give wheelchair tennis a try and also meet the world’s best players.

Day 2 action starts at 11:30am on Friday – entry is free.

Day 2 – Order of Play (Friday 6 July)

Preview

For the second successive year Surbiton Invitational Wheelchair Tennis Tournament gives some of the world’s leading players another competitive opportunity and grass court experience ahead of the wheelchair tennis event at The Championships, Wimbledon.

Five of the world’s Top 10-ranked men’s players, including Britain’s Alfie Hewett and recent Fever-Tree Championships winner Stefan Olsson of Sweden will play each other in round-robin competition over three days of competition.

Thursday’s first day of play sees world No.2 Hewett, Olsson, world No. 1 Shingo Kunieda of Japan and Argentina’s world No.3 Gustavo Fernandez each play two matches apiece.

Later in the week the world’s top two-ranked women’s singles players, Diede de Groot of the Netherlands and Japan’s Yui Kamiji, will also go head-to-head.

Day 1 – Order of Play (Thursday 5 July)

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