British success in Poland

British wheelchair tennis players enjoyed success at the Polish Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships in Plock.

Antony Cotterill won the quad singles and paired up with compatriot Chris Johnson to win the quad doubles as British players enjoyed a successful time, with Adam Field finishing as runner-up in both events.

Meanwhile, British No 1 David Phillipson reached the men’s main draw singles and doubles finals at the latest ITF 2 Series event on the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

Cotterill won the third NEC Tour quad singles title of his career, dropping just two games to Johnson in his opening match before beating Canadian top seed Adrian Dieleman 7-5, 6-4 in the semi-finals.  Second seed Field eased in to the final after a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Poland’s Jacek Wierdak, but after sharing the honours with Cotterill two three set matches in South Africa earlier this year, Field was unable to get on terms in Plock and Cotterill went on to win 6-2, 6-2.

Cotterill, Johnson and Field were all involved in the decisive round-robin contest in the quad doubles, too, and while this proved to be a much closer affair, Cotterill and Johnson beat Field and Dieleman 6-2, 2-6, 10-7 after a championship tie-break.

In the men’s singles, second seed Phillipson followed up a first round bye with three straight sets wins to reach his fourth final of the season, but British No. 2 Gordon Reid saw his progress halted by French top seed Frederic Cattaneo in the quarter-finals.  Cattaneo was subsequently beaten by fellow Frenchman Frederic Cazeaudumec in the semi-finals and former world No. 8 Cazeaudumec again found something like his best form to beat Phillipson 7-6(5), 6-3 in the final.

Phillipson was also runner-up in the men’s main draw doubles. After he and Cattaneo beat Reid and Sweden’s Niclas Rodhborn in the semi-final they were involved in a marathon championship tie-break in the final, but finally had to give way to the Czech Republic’s Miroslav Brychta and Piotr Jaroszewski of Poland 7-6(3), 1-6, 16-14.

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