Metro Blind Sport Tennis Tournament 2019
On Sunday 17th February 2019 twenty-six blind and partially sighted players came together to compete in the Metro Blind Sports tennis tournament at the GLL Islington Tennis Centre.
The players were supported by a team of dedicated volunteers and LTA officials and the event was a great success.
The B1 category for blind players was played as a singles event and the partially sighted players played a doubles event, one for male players and one for female players.
Players came from across London to take part and there was a mixture of junior and senior players paired together. There was also a mixture of experienced international players playing with, and against, newer Metro Blind Sport players.
There was some excellent shot making throughout the day and although there was a strong competitive edge throughout, the event was played in an excellent spirit with players supporting each other the whole time.
Ewan Hayward said
‘I was honoured to compete in the annual Metro Tennis Tournament on Sunday and it was undoubtedly a great day for all. As a junior myself, I’d without a doubt encourage other junior players to compete in tournaments such as what took place on Sunday because it’s a great platform to develop your tennis skills and compete with other people in the VI tennis community’.
Martin Symcox, CEO of Metro Blind Sport said of the event, ‘Sunday was a resounding success for all involved. This annual event gives our members the opportunity to compete against each other in a very well organised tournament, with experienced LTA officials and a willing group of volunteers’.
The atmosphere during the day was exceptional and the quality of play was clear to see. It was fantastic to see the experienced players supporting the newer and younger Metro Blind Sport players.
Congratulations to all of those involved, with special acknowledgement to our winners and finalists.’
report by Martin Symcox
- B1 Winner: Naqi Rizvi
- B1 Runner Up: Monica Smith
- Men’s Doubles Partially Sighted Winners: Matt Page and Ewan Hayward
- Men’s Doubles Partially Sighted Runners Up: Eamonn Shearing and Ivan Rodriguez-Deb
- Women’s Doubles Partially Sighted Winners: Brenda Cassell and Amanda Green
- Women’s Doubles Partially Sighted Runners Up: Louise Evans and Helen Potter