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Highly successful second day in Spain for the B2 and B3 members of the GB Tennis team!

Great Britain vision impaired tennis team in Spain

Above photo of the first Great Britain vision impaired tennis team

Nikhil Nair, Yvette Priestley, David Deas, Wendy Glasper, Chris Baily and Brenda Cassell are the first ever vision impaired players to represent Great Britain on the international stage.

original article by tennisfoundation

It was a highly successful second day for the B2 and B3 members of the Great Britain vision impaired tennis team on Tuesday with 11 wins out of 12 round-robin matches, including one walkover, in Spain.

Wendy Glasper reeled off four games in succession to beat Singapore’s Chris Tan 4-1, therefore recording the first ever victory for a female Great Britain player at international level in blind and vision impaired tennis.

Glasper had a tough time against Adrianna Sanchez in her second B2 women’s singles matches with the Mexican player winning 4-0. However, Glasper finished her opening day of international competition strongly, beating Ireland’s Claire Whelan 4-0.

Brenda Cassell had a super day, winning all three of her matches 4-0 to top her round-robin pool. Cassell defeated Rosion Demody of Ireland, Poland’s Kamila Wroblewska and Genemarie Richards of Australia.

Brenda Cassell and Genemarie Richards
Brenda Cassell and Genemarie Richards

David Deas followed suit in his B2 men’s singles pool, also winning all three of his round-robin matches without dropping a game. Deas beat Jonny McInerney of Ireland, Germany’s Dennis Scherer and Ju Sang Kim of South Korea to complete a fantastic day for Britain’s B2 players.

Chris Baily in action
Chris Baily in action

It was also a perfect day for Chris Baily in the B3 men’s singles after 4-0 victories against his two Australian opponents, Michael Fogarti and Adam Fayad.

Baily shook off a few errors in the opening game against Fayad to earn a comprehensive victory and top spot in his round-robin pool. Baily was scheduled to meet Candido Alessandro of Italy in his second match of the day, but Candido had to withdraw from the tournament due to injury.

After winning two of his three round-robin B1 men’s singles matches on Monday’s first day of play Nikhil Nair slipped to a narrow loss in his final pool contest against Alejandro Zacares of Spain.

Zacares made some important returns of serve towards the end of match to prevail 5-3.

There was another close finish to Yvette Priestley’s last B1 women’s singles pool match against Mexico’s Anna Arenas, with Arenas winning an exceptionally close contest 5-4(3).

Read team profiles in a PDF




Blind Tennis International Tournament: Spain 2017

Tennis Foundation 2016

As you are aware the UK VI Tennis International Tournament has been postponed but we are pleased to announce that the Tennis Foundation will be sending a GB team to the Blind Tennis International Tournament: Spain 2017.

The GB team will consist of one male and one female in each category (B1, B2 and B3 categories are permitted at the tournament). A Selection Panel has been created and selected six players for the tournament (one in each category).

They have also selected 1-2 reserve players for each category. The Selection Policy for the International Tournament in Spain can be found on the Tennis Foundation website here –

Download: Selection Policy

We are in the process of contacting the players to see if they are available for the tournament and getting them reclassified via the new IBTA classification rules (i.e. using LogMAR).

IBTA will not be accepting individual entries for the tournament and all players need to be confirmed by the representative of each country.

For more information on the International Tournament please visit http://ibta-takei.com/blind-tennis-international-tournament-spain-2017. Please note the Tennis Foundation will be unable to answer individual enquires regarding the international tournament.

Upcoming Competitions

Please find a list of Regional VI Tennis Competitions taking place over the next few months below.

Date: 8 – 9 April   Venue: David Lloyd Club, York  – Online entry form

Date: 13 – 14 May   Venue: The Northumberland Club, Newcastle  – Online entry form

Upcoming Camps and Taster Sessions

The Northumberland Club, Newcastle will be hosting a VI tennis camp on Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd April 2017 for B2-B5 Players. This is a fantastic opportunity to develop your game in time for a busy few months of competitions.

 Download:  Vision Impaired Tennis Camp Application form   – word Document

Download:   Vision Impaired Tennis Camp Information   – word Document

The Tennis Foundation will be working with British Blind Sport (BBS) to deliver tennis at their Have a Go Days.

This is a great opportunity for new players to try tennis and be signposted to their nearest sessions. For more information on BBS’ Have a Go Days please visit www.britishblindsport.org.uk/have-a-go-days/enter-title-he.

If you wish to find your nearest VI tennis sessions please enter your postcode on the interactive venue finder map on our website found here – http://www.tennisfoundation.org.uk/play-tennis/find-an-inclusive-venue/.

Or alternatively visit our accessible version of the map found here – http://www.tennisfoundation.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Venue-and-session-finder-accessible-version.docx.