Asif Abbasi wins third Roma Sport National Wheelchair Tennis Series at Lee Valley

Asif Abbasi wins third Roma Sport National Wheelchair Tennis Series at Lee Valley
Asif Abassi

Asif Abassi earned main draw singles honours at the Roma Sport National Wheelchair Tennis Series at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre over the weekend to make it a hat-trick of titles this year.

Nine players began the main draw in three round-robin groups of three players, with the winners of each group going forward to meet each other in another three-way round-robin to decide the overall winner.

Abassi won his Group A matches without dropping a single game. Manojkanth Somasundaram emulated Abassi’s success to also advance from Group C without dropping a game, while David Cabrera earned 6-2 and 6-0 wins in Group B.

Abassi continued to dominate his matches in the play-offs for the title, defeating runner-up Cabrera 4-1, 4-2 and Somasundaram 4-1, 4-1 to add to his triumphs at Gosling Tennis Centre in Welwyn Garden City and in Liverpool earlier this year.

David Cabrera, National Wheelchair Tennis Series at Lee Valley
David Cabrera

Abassi now has a lead of 90 points over Philip Fielding in the National Wheelchair Tennis Series Rankings heading into the last two tournaments before December’s National Series Finals in Shrewsbury.

The novice singles got underway with two round-robin groups of six players as Stuart Newton finished top of Group A after back-to-back 6-3 wins. Newton duly advanced to the semi-finals along with Charlie Peverall.

Alex De Styrcea earned 6-3 and 6-1 wins to top Group B, while a 6-3 win in one of his two matches was enough to see David Singleton also book his place in the semi-finals.

The knockout phase of the event produced three close matches that were all decided by just one break of serve. Singleton and de Styrcea booked their places in the final with 6-4 wins over Newton and Peverall, respectively. One last 6-4 victory subsequently saw De Styrcea beat Singleton to win the novice title.

With the doubles title decided on the second day of play, Mark Langeveld and Nicholas Smelt swept all before them in a five-way round-robin event.

Langeveld and Smelt raced to three 6-0 wins and dropped their only game in their match against De Styrcea and Tabitha Fung.

Cabrera teamed up with Tim Risby to earn runners-up honours. While losing out to Langeveld and Smelt 6-0, Cabrera and Risby claimed one 6-0 and two 6-1 victories to make it three wins in their four matches.

Final Draws and Results

The next Roma Sport National Wheelchair Tennis Series event is in Belfast on 22-24 September.