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NVITC Winners 2017

original article on tennisfoundation.org.uk

Turnham, former champion Nikhil Nair, Keith Turner and Sidney Tambin advanced to the B1 men’s singles semi-finals after coming through the three round-robin groups of three players. But while Nair reached the final after contesting three tie-breaks, Turnham was never stretched to a tie-break and he claimed a 6-4 win over top seed Nair in the final.

Roy Turnham NVITC 2017
Roy Turnham NVITC 2017 Photo ©Tennis Foundation

Meanwhile, Morgan dropped just one game in her semi-final against Masuma Ali on her way to the B1 women’s title. Morgan beat Yvette Priestly 6-0 in the final and later partnered Turnham to deny Nair and Chris Jefferies in the B1 doubles final, Turnham and Morgan winning 6-1.

Chris Baily and Callum Lock NVITC-2017
Chris Baily and Callum Lock 2017 National Vision Impaired Tennis Championships Photo ©Tennis Foundation

Uckfield’s Chris Baily and Eastbourne’s Callum Lock sealed the B3 men’s singles and B4 men’s singles titles in widely different circumstances before pairing up to win the visually impaired men’s doubles for the loss of just two games.

Lock dropped his only games of the weekend in his and Baily’s 6-1 6-1 men’s doubles final victory over James Currie and Neil Fradgley, having won the B4 men’s singles without dropping a single game. Anstey’s Shane Downing finished runner-up to Lock in the B4 singles to provide the National Championships with a measure of local Leicestershire success.

However, having reached his final without dropping a game, Baily needed a deciding match tie-break before defeating Paul Ryb 4-2, 4-5, (10-3) in the B3 men’s singles final for the second successive year.

Amanda Large NVITC 2017
Amanda Large 2017 National Vision Impaired Tennis Championships Photo ©Tennis Foundation
Manchester’s Amanda Large dominated the B2 women’s singles with two 4-0, 4-0 wins and a 4-1, 4-1 victory in her three round-robin matches. She went on to partner Minerva Ainsworth to take the visually impaired women’s doubles. After a fine 5-3, 4-1 win over Rosine Pybus and Brenda Cassell in the quarter-finals, Large and Ainsworth took the title with the most comprehensive of their doubles wins, defeating Janette Reynolds and Joanna Turnbull 4-0, 4-1.


Jan Reynolds NVITC 2017
Jan Reynolds 2017 National Vision Impaired Tennis Championships Photo ©Tennis Foundation

Carshalton’s Reynolds became a National singles champion for the fifth year in a row in the women’s B3 singles, rounding off her success by dropping just one game in her semi-final against Sarah Fortescue and powering past Cassell 4-0, 4-1 in the final.

Another singles title went back to Manchester after James Currie retained the B2 men’s singles crown with another set of fine performances in his four round-robin matches, including two 4-0, 4-0 wins.

Jamie Currie NVITC 2017
Jamie Currie 2017 National Vision Impaired Tennis Championships Photo ©Tennis Foundation

Both Currie and Middlesbrough’s Rosine Pybus translated victories at Loughborough’s regional visually impaired tennis tournament in February into successful National Championships title defences.

Pybus dropped a total of just four games across her three B4 women’s singles round-robin contests, defeating runner-up Lydia Wrightson 4-0, 4-2.

Alongside the National Visually Impaired Tennis Championships, the Tennis Foundation National Visually Impaired Tennis Awards were also presented over the weekend to recognise and reward significant contribution to the development of the game and the people who play it.

This year’s awards honoured Matt Jackman from Tennis World in Middlesbrough as Coach of the Year and David Donnelly as Volunteer of the Year, with the Contribution Award being presented to Fiona Musgrove from Vision 4 Growth in Cambridgeshire.

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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.

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