DAY 6 – RESULTS
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Men’s Singles – Final
Fabrice Higgins (GBR) lost to Archie Graham (AUS) 3-6, 1-6
4th/5th play off
Dominic Iannotti (GBR) bt Thomas Mellor 4-0, 4-0
7th/8th play off
Luke Turnbull (GBR) w/o ve Josh Holloway(AUS)
Men’s Doubles – Final
Higgins/Iannotti (GBR) bt Graham/Phillips(AUS) 6-2, 6-3
Men’s Doubles – Consolation Final
Mellor/Turnbull (GBR) bt Coulier/Vagner(FRA) 6-2
Ladies Singles – Final
Anna McBride (GBR) bt (BEL) 6-2, 6-0
DAY 5 – REVIEW AND RESULTS
‘Anna McBride and Dominic Iannotti secure the first gold medal of the Championships for Team GB’
Day 5 of the INAS World Tennis Championships saw Great Britain’s Anna McBride and Dominic Iannotti secure the first gold medal of the Championships in a dominant display in the mixed doubles. They overcame an Australian duo of James / Lenarduzzi without conceding a single game.
Elsewhere in the doubles matches Fabrice Higgins and Dominic Iannotti defeated Holloway / James of Australia in the semi-final of the men’s doubles to reach this year’s final. Fabrice was also victorious in his singles semi-final match coming back from a set down to take the win. It was a display of real heart and passion.
Day 6 will see both Fabrice Higgins and Anna McBride compete in their respective singles final matches and Dominic Iannotti / Fabrice Higgins competing in the men’s doubles final. Other Brits will also be in action in the singles play off matches and the consolation doubles final. Hopefully Great Britain’s Learning Disability Tennis Team can gain more gold medals!
Men’s Singles – Semi-Finals
Fabrice Higgins (GBR) bt Ondrej Sedlisky (CZE) 0-4, 5-4 (5), 1-0 (8)
Men’s Singles – 5th – 8th playoff
Dominic Iannotti (GBR) bt Luke Turnbull (GBR) 4-0, 4-0
Thomas Mellor (GBR) bt Joshua Holloway (AUS) 4-0, 4-1
Men’s Doubles – Semi-Finals
Higgins / Iannotti (GBR) bt Holloway / James (AUS) 4-0.4-0
Men’s Doubles Consolation – Semi-Finals
Mellor / Turnbull (GBR) bt Dupuis / Le Saux (FRA) 6-0
Mixed Doubles – FINAL
Iannotti / McBride (GBR) bt James / Lenarduzzi (AUS) 6-0, 6-0
DAY 4 – REVIEW AND RESULTS
‘Anna McBride makes two finals at INAS World Tennis Championships’
Great Britain’s Anna McBride and Fabrice Higgins were both winners as the singles competition at the INAS World Tennis Championships moved towards their climax. The event sees Great Britain’s Learning Disability Tennis Team compete against the world’s best.
McBride, 14, is making her debut in the competition – and it will certainly be one to remember after winning not one but two semi-final matches. In the women’s singles, McBride defeated Kelly Wren of Australia in straight sets, while she also teamed up with Dominic Iannotti to win the Mixed Doubles semi-final for Great Britain against an Australian pairing of Wren and Archie Graham.
That victory was revenge for Iannotti who lost his men’s singles quarter-final to Graham. Britain had gone into the last eight matches with four players still in the hunt for medals after some impressive displays this in Paris this week, but it was only Higgins that progressed to the semi-finals with a convincing win against Joshua Holloway of Australia.
Elsewhere, Luke Turnbull and Thomas Mellor, who narrowly missed out on a place in the main draw, won their consolation doubles match against Ahmed and Gouell of Egypt without losing a game.
Friday’s action in Paris will see all five British players in action. McBride and Iannotti have their Dominic mixed doubles final, while Higgins will play his semi-final in the men’s singles. Higgins and Iannotti will play their men’s doubles semi-final, while everyone else is involved in play back matches in singles and doubles.
Women’s Singles – Semi-Finals
Anna McBride (GBR) bt Kelly Wren (AUS) 4-0, 4-2
Men’s Singles – Quarter-Finals
Fabrice Higgins (GBR) bt Joshua Holloway (AUS) 4-1, 4-1
Dominic Iannotti (GBR) lost to Archie Graham (AUS) 0-4, 0-4
Luke Turnbull (GBR) lost to Mitchell James (AUS) 0-4, 0-4
Thomas Mellor (GBR) lost to Ondrej Sedlisky (CZE) 4-5(1) 1-4
Mixed Doubles – Semi-Finals
Iannotti/McBride (GBR) bt Graham/Wren (AUS) 4-2, 2-4, 1-0(3)
Men’s Consolation Doubles
Mellor/Turnbull (GBR) bt Ahmed/Gouell (EGY) 4-0, 4-0
DAY 3 – REVIEW AND RESULTS
Day 3 at the INAS World Tennis Championships saw the success continue for the Great Britain Learning Disability Tennis Team as the knockout matches began.
In the men’s singles, Fabrice Higgins, Thomas Mellor, Luke Turnbull and Dominic Iannotti all won to seal quarter-final places.
In the men’s doubles, the round robin matches concluded with a comfortable win for Great Britain’s top pairing of Higgins and Iannotti.
Thursday’s action in Paris will see all four men play their quarter-final matches in the singles, while 14 year old Anna McBride will play in the semi-final of the women’s singles. That match will be one of two semi-finals for McBride tomorrow as she will also team up with Iannotti in the semi-finals of the mixed doubles.
Meanwhile, Turnbull and Mellow missed out on a place in the men’s doubles main draw but will play their next match in the doubles consolation event.
Men’s Singles – Main Draw Matches
Fabrice Higgins (GBR) bt Aurelien Vagner (FRA) 4-0, 4-0
Thomas Mellor (GBR) bt Patrick Dupuis (FRA) 4-0, 4-1
Luke Turnbull (GBR) bt Mateusz Stusinski (POL) 4-0, 4-1
Dominic Iannotti (GBR) bt Benjamin Coulier (FRA) 4-1, 4-2
Men’s Doubles – Round Robin Group Results
Higgins/Iannotti (GBR) bt Fens/Thierie (BEL) 6-0.
DAY 2 – REVIEW AND RESULTS
Great Britain’s successful start to the 2018 INAS World Tennis Championships in Paris continued with the country’s leading players with a learning disability winning six out of seven matches on Day 2.
The results mean all five British players have made it through to the main draw of the singles competition, which gets underway on Wednesday.
In the men’s doubles, defending champions Fabrice Higgins and Dominic Iannotti go though to the main draw, but a defeat for Thomas Mellor and Luke Turnbull means they need to wait see the result of the final group match tomorrow to confirm whether they progress or go into consolation doubles.
In the mixed doubles, a second win for Scottish duo Anna McBride and Iannotti sees them go forward to the main draw.
Men’s Singles – Round Robin Group Matches
Thomas Mellor (GBR) bt Jakub Jerhot (CZE) 6-0
Dominic Iannotti (GBR) bt Oskar Kosecki (POL) 6-0
Fabrice Higgins (GBR) bt Antonio Catalano (ITA) 6-0
Women’s Singles – Round Robin Group Matches
Anna McBride (GBR) bt Giulia Sgoifo (ITA) 6-0
Men’s Doubles – Round Robin Group Matches
Higgins/Iannotti (GBR) bt Hus/Jerhot (CZE) 6-0
Mellor/Turnbull (GBR) lost to Humhal/Sedlisky (CZE) 5-7
Mixed Doubles – Round Robin Group Matches
Iannotti/McBride (GBR) bt Catalano/Pedrotti(ITA) 6-0
DAY 1 – REVIEW AND RESULTS
The British team at the INAS World Tennis Championships in Paris started off the tournament in emphatic style, recording 10 wins out of 10 on Day 1 of the event. The tournament, which is part of the INAS Summer Games, sees the world’s elite para-athlete tennis players with a learning disability compete to be crowned world champions in men’s and women’s singles and doubles, mixed doubles, and an overall team competition.
Players play round robin matches initially to try and qualify for the main draw. Full results of Day 1 are below – Day 2 will see more round robin matches played to finish off the group stages.
Luke Turnbull (GBR) bt Aurelian Vagner (FRA) 6-1
Luke Turnbull (GBR) bt Jiri Humal (CZE) 6-0
Thomas Mellor (GBR) bt Rutgers Versmissen (BEL) 6-0
Thomas Mellor (GBR) bt Damian Phillips (AUS) 6-0
Dominic Iannotti (GBR) bt Jochen Fens (BEL) 6-0
Dominic Iannotti (GBR) bt Morgan Le Saux (FRA) 6-0
Fabrice Higgins (GBR) bt Mateusz Stusinski (POL) 6-0
Anna McBride (GBR) bt Elise Delvas (FRA) 6-0
Mellor/Turnbull (GBR) bt Coulier/Vagner (FRA) 6-2.
Iannotti/McBride (GBR) bt Dupuis/Thorel (FRA) 6-0.
Great Britain’s leading tennis players with a learning disability will be taking on the world’s best at the 2018 Inas World Championships in Paris starting today (Sunday 15 July).
The Championships will see 40 of the world’s elite para-athlete tennis players with a learning disability compete to be crowned world champions in men’s and women’s singles and doubles, mixed doubles, and an overall team competition.
Players from nine nations will be competing, including players from Italy, France, Belgium & Australia. The British team will comprise five players this year, with the following selected to represent their nation:
– Fabrice Higgins (23 – Chorley, Lancashire)
– Dominic Iannotti (20 – Prestwick, Scotland)
– Thomas Mellor (28 – Cheltenham, Gloucestershire)
– Luke Turnbull ( 14 – North Berwick, Scotland)
– Anna McBride (14 – Dunfermline, Scotland)
In addition to the above, 18 year old Oliver Beadle has been selected as a reserve member of the team.
Fabrice Higgins, Dominic Ianotti & Thomas Mellor will all be looking to emulate last year’s success where team GB won a total of five medals, whilst Luke Turnbull & Anna McBride will be making their World Championships debut.
Coached by the Tennis Foundation’s Head of Coaching and Talent Karen Ross, selection for Great Britain’s Inas World Tennis Championships team is part of a high performance elite pathway for players with a learning disability, accessed through a strong collaboration between Britain’s leading tennis charity, the Tennis Foundation and the UK Sports Association (UKSA), the official Great Britain member of INAS. Commenting on the partnership, Tracey McCillen, Chief Executive of the UK Sports Association said:
“The Tennis Foundation’s collaboration with UKSA to enable British athletes to compete at Inas Championships illustrates the real success that can be achieved if everyone moves forward together. Our collaboration spans a number of years and has enabled real success for British players who are amongst the best in the World.”
“There is a powerful message here for sport across the UK that with a forward thinking approach and a commitment to a wider performance landscape beyond just Olympic and Paralympic that British athletes can and will achieve.”
Speaking ahead of the tournament, Tennis Foundation coach Ross added: “Great Britain is one of the leading nations for disability tennis and our record at the Inas World Championships is proof of that. We’ve had some great success in previous years and are looking to make this year the most triumphant yet!”
This year’s tournament is the ninth World Championships since the inaugural event in Australia in 2004. The tournament begins with an opening ceremony on Sunday 15th July, with play starting from Monday 16th July to Saturday 21st July. The World Championships are part of the 2018 Inas European Summer Games – a multi-sport event.