A round-up of some of the action involving Scottish players last week.
Three Stirling Students help GB to title
Three University of Stirling students featured in the GB and BUCS‘s (British Universities & Colleges Sport) victory at the Master’U BNP Paribas university tennis tournament - which GB won for the first time.
The tournament consisted of eight countries competing in a knock-out format with three men and three women making up each team. Each round consists of 7 rubbers (2 women’s singles, 2 men’s singles, 1 women’s doubles, 1 men’s doubles and 1 mixed doubles) with the winner of 4 rubbers going through.
University of Stirling’s Jonny O’Mara, Scott Duncan and Maia Lumsden featured in the team which also included Jack Findell-Hawkins (University of North Florida), Philippa Horn and Emma Hurst (both University of Bath).
Great Britain performed admirably throughout the competition beating Ireland in their Quarter-final 6-1 and then China 7-0 in the semi, before defeating the USA 4-2 in the final. The teams were tied at one rubber a piece before Maia Lumsden beat Ashely Lahey (ranked 60 places ahead of her in the rankings) 7-6, 7-6 and then Jonny O’Mara beat Brandon Holt 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 to take the tie to 3-1. O’Mara and doubles partner Jack Findell-Hawkins then won their doubles match to win the title for Great Britain.
Well done to all the players involved!
Gordon Reid Runner-up in NEC Masters
Gordon Reid came runner-up at the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters last week, where he lost out 6-3, 6-2 to fellow Brit Alfie Hewett.
Gordon qualified from the pool stages with 2 wins from 3 matches, beating G.Fernandez (ARG) 6-3, 1-6, 7-5 and N.Peifer (FRA) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 and losing out to J.Gerard (BEL) 3-6, 5-7. His match against G.Fernandez was ultimately his best comeback of his career, coming back from 5-1 down in the final set and then facing three match points, to take the set 7-5.
In the semi-final Gordon beat S.Kunieda (JPN) 7-5, 6-4 to face off against Alfie in the final for the first all-Brit men’s singles final in the events 24 year history.
Gordon raced to a 3-0 lead in the first set but lost 8 games in a row to be down a set and 2-0. He then pulled level in the 2nd set after breaking back however Alfie then won the final four games to take the title.
Gordon said “I’m a bit disappointed, of course, and I’m feeling a bit tired today, both mentally and physically. But I’m feeling pretty happy with my week overall. I had a great start today, but then there was maybe a little bit of confidence lost after a couple of missed shots. Overall it’s been a good week and there are lots of positives to take away, especially coming back like I did in my last round-robin match against Gusti (Gustavo Fernandez), being three match points down. That was the greatest comeback of my career.”
Full result can be found here - NEC Wheelchair tennis Masters 2017
Doubles Final for junior Fearnley
Jacob Fearnley reached the doubles final of the junior ITF event in Delhi. Jacob teamed up with James Story – who won the singles event – however the pair had to retire to give fellow Brits F.Gill and F.Murgett the victory.
Jacob also reached the Quarter-final of the singles event; losing out to top seed and World number 73 S.Banthia (IND) over three sets 3-6, 6-3, 3-6.
Full results can be found here - Delhi November ITF Juniors
Mackinlay beats player ranked 1000 places above him in Norway
Scottish junior James Mackinlay had one of his best matches at the ITF Stavanger tournament in Norway. After getting through the qualifying stages, James beat the 6th seed I.Vasa (FIN), who is ranked nearly 1000 places ahead of him in the junior ranking, 6-3, 7-6.
He also teamed up with Irishman C.Ralston to reach the Quarter-finals of the doubles losing out on a 3rd set tie break 6-3, 4-6 [7-10] against the 2nd seeds.
Full results can be found here - ITF Stavanger