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Blind Tennis World Ranking!

Metro Members on the Blind Tennis World Ranking List

Blind Tennis World Ranking List Below!

A huge thanks to Odette Battarel who shared this new link with us!

Odette who just happens to ranked 3rd in B3 Women, was instrumental in the development of the sport in the UK. Odette with her friend and Metro trustee, Amanda Green, where the first to bring Blind Tennis to the UK back in 2007. Now, after a lot of hard work by many, including our amazing coaches and volunteers, it is now integrated into the LTA yearly programme of events with national and international competitions for all to enjoy and take part in.

Blind Tennis World Ranking list

Rankings List: https://blindsport.uk/TennisRankings

We are all very proud of our member’s achievements and it is great to see how many of these names on this list we supported at the beginning of their journeys to Tennis excellence.

Many named on the list are still Metro Blind Sports members and they train and share their hard-earned techniques with the next generation of upcoming tennis stars.

List of our current Members on the Blind Tennis World Ranking  list in 2019

  • B2 WOMEN  – Brenda Cassell –  Ranking  9 for Great Britain
  • B3 WOMEN  – Odette Battarel – Ranking  3  for France
  • B3 WOMEN   Jan ReynoldsRanking  4 for Great Britain
  • B1 MEN –  Naqi Rizvi  – Ranking  3  for Pakistan
  • B3 MEN – Paul Ryb –  Ranking  2  for Great Britain
  • B3 MEN  – Chris Baily –  Ranking  6  for Great Britain

Congratulation to all the above, from us all at Metro Blind Sport and many thanks to all the coaches and volunteers that have and still do help keep all our tennis members playing Tennis at this high level!

So If you are thinking of learning to play Blind tennis, then  do check out our Tennis event page: http://bit.ly/MBSTennisEvents

 

New champions at National Vision Impaired Tennis Championships

New champions at National Vision Impaired Tennis Championships

original article on the Tennis Foundation: website

Jan Reynolds and Callum Lock earned their places on the singles roll of honour once again at the 2016 National Visually Impaired Tennis Championships on a weekend when a number of new champions were also crowned at the National Tennis Centre.

Lock successfully defended his B4 men’s singles title, winning both of his round-robin matches against David Pickering and Shane Downing 4-0, 4-0

Reynolds retained the B3 women’s singles title with a 4-1, 4-0 win over Brenda Cassell after both players had won their respective singles events in 2015. It was the fourth successive year that Reynolds had won a National title.

Brenda Cassell
Brenda Cassell

Lock and Cassell both made it a double as they claimed the men’s and women’s doubles titles respectively. Lock teamed up with Christopher Baily to beat James Currie and Neil Fradgley 4-2 as Lock and Bailey retained the men’s doubles title. Meanwhile, Cassell claimed the women’s doubles title after joining forces with Rosie Pybus as they comfortably beat Gillian Currie and Sarah Fortescue 4-1 in the final.

Pybus was another one celebrating double success at the championships as she added the B4 women’s singles title to the women’s doubles title after coming out on top in her singles round-robin group. Pybus dropped only two games across her three matches as she went one better than in 2015.

Like Reynolds, Paul Ryb came into this year’s National Championships with three successive National singles titles to his name, but this year he was dethroned in the B3 men’s singles by Christopher Baily.

chris baily
Chris baily

Baily came out on top 5-4 (2), 4-1 to reverse the result of his 2015 final against Ryb and added the title to the men’s doubles crown he won with Callum Lock.

Kelly Cronin enjoyed a fine weekend as she won the B1 mixed singles title after beating 2015 Champion Nikhl Nair 5-4(6).

cronin and qasib
Cronin and Qasib

Cronin then went on to claim the B1 mixed doubles title with Qasib Nazir after they defeated Fiona Musgrove and Yvette Priestley 5-4(5) in another final decided in a tie-break.

In the B2 men’s singles James Currie beat Alexander Wheen to take the title. Currie battled back from losing the first set to prevail 1-4, 5-3, (10-4) after a deciding match tie-break.

The National Visually Impaired Tennis Championships once again incorporated the second Tenis Foundation Visually Impaired Tennis Awards. The awards recognise the work of volunteers, coaches and contributors who help drive the sport forward.

Nominations were assessed by an independent panel from which the winners were selected. Coach of the Year went to Sussex’s Jane Thomas, whilst the Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Highgate’s Linda Almond. The Contribution of the Year Award went to Leeds-based coach Louise Assioun.

Final Results

Champions decided at National Visually Impaired Tennis Championships after record entry!

Above: Leytonstone’s Brenda Cassell 

For the third year in a row Highgate’s Paul Ryb and Carshalton’s Jan Reynolds claimed singles titles at the National Visually Impaired Tennis Championships as the winners were decided in five singles events and three doubles events over the weekend at the National Tennis Centre in London.

Meanwhile, after finishing runner-up in the B1 mixed singles event for blind players in 2015, Cambridgeshire’s Nikhil Nair went one better this year to claim the title and also added the B1 doubles title.

After two years of the championships featuring one men’s singles draw and women’s singles draw for visually impaired players in the B2-B4 classifications, this year’s record entry resulted in three men’s singles draws, with 2013 and 2014 men’s singles champion Ryb advancing from his B3-B4 singles round-robin group without dropping a game.

Paul Ryb

Ryb went on to win his quarter-final and semi-final matches with relative ease before defeating Uckfield’s Chris Baily 4-1, 4-2 in the final.Following a player withdrawal, the B4 men’s singles trophy went to Eastbourne’s Callum Lock, who advanced further than any other B4 player in the in the B3-B4 singles.

All three round-robin pools in the mixed B1 singles featured multiple matches that ended in tie-breaks and the knockout phase of the event continued to produce some tense contests as Nair edged out Qasib Nazir 5-4(2) and Yvette Priestley defeated Maria Oshodi 5-4(2). Nair won his fourth tie-break in five matches to improve on his runners-up finish in the B1 singles in 2014.

The men’s B2 singles saw Matthew Page and Jim Currie both advance to the final with relative ease. Uxbridge’s Page then raced through the decider 4-0, 4-1 to take the title after dropping a total of just five games across his four singles matches during the weekend.

The B2-B4 doubles saw both B3-B4 singles finalists on opposite sides of the net in another title decider, this time Baily coming on top with his partner Lock as they defeated David Buckley and Ryb 4-1.

Nikhil Nair

Nair added his second title of the weekend in the B1 doubles, which saw all matches played out in a match tie-break format, leading to some close encounters. Nair and Chris Jefferies won the final against Nazir and Priestley 10-6.

After successive women’s singles titles at the championships in 2013 and 2014 Reynolds claimed the B4 women’s singles titles this year in style, winning three of her four round-robin matches 4-0, 4-0 and dropping her only three games in the event to runner-up Rosine Pybus after a 4-1, 4-2 win against the Darlington player.

Leytonstone’s Brenda Cassell won the B2-B3 women’s singles after a tense semi-final that saw her come from behind to beat Sarah Fortescue 3-5, 4-0, (10-3). However, after winning her two round-robin group matches in straight sets Cassell recovered from dropping a set against Fortescue to hit top form again in the final and raced to a 4-0, 4-0 victory over Wendy Glasper.

The B2-B4 women’s doubles ended in victory for Odette Battarel and Amanda Green, who overcame a substantial challenge from Glasper and Pybus in the final to seal a 5-3 win.

The championships also incorporated the first ever Tennis Foundation Blind and Visually Impaired Tennis Awards with many deserving nominees. The winners were decided by a panel put together from the Tennis Foundation and members of the GB Visually Impaired Advisory Group. Dave Donnelly was voted Male Personality of the Year, Dawn Fradgley won Female Personality of the Year, Leslie Snaith was voted Coach of the Year and the Volunteer of the Year Award was won by Odette Battarel.

“We are delighted to have had a record entry this year for the National Visually Impaired Tennis Championships and we had an exceptionally high level of tennis,” said David Hardman, the Tennis Foundation’s Disability Development Manager for London & South East.

“Blind and visually impaired tennis shows how the sport can be adapted for absolutely anyone to play and enjoy. We’ve supported an increasing number of blind and visually impaired tennis sessions across the country this year and it’s great that so many people are now enjoying the game. I’m sure the National Championships will only inspire many more to take up the sport and we are extremely excited for the future of the sport.”

original post  from http://www.lta.org.uk