TENNIS: Grantham club hosts first wheelchair tournament

Pictured from left are Dan Metcalfe-Hall, James Shaw, Paul Singleton, Darren Whitlock, Mark Esho and Paul Adlington.
Pictured from left are Dan Metcalfe-Hall, James Shaw, Paul Singleton, Darren Whitlock, Mark Esho and Paul Adlington.
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Grantham Tennis Club hosted its first wheelchair tennis tournament last week.

The round robin format led to some exciting first round matches, helping settle the nerves before the more challenging finals took place.

The Bronze final saw two Grantham players battle all the way. They shared the first two sets in a match played with great spirit coupled with a competitive edge, before Dan Metcalfe-Hall squeezed past Paul Adlington 10-3 in the final set tie-break

In the Silver final, fresh from his victory at the Loughborough Development Tournament, local player Darren Whitlock was up against the vastly more experienced Mark Esho of Leicester. These two players were also tied at one set all. In the deciding third set tie-break neither player wanted to give way. Eventually Mark prevailed 14-12

The Gold final saw the two group winners pitched against each other. Grantham’s Paul Singleton knew he was in for a stern test in the form of James Shaw of Nottingham. Earlier this year James made his Great Britain debut at the World Team Cup in Poland.

The first set went to a tie-break which saw Paul open up a 6-1 lead, but James somehow managed to peg it back. Paul did not let the disappointment of seeing his lead disappear affect him and sealed the set 14-12.

James showed his international credentials and took the second set 4-2. The third final of the day was also decided by a tie-break third set. Not to be denied James took the merest hint of an opportunity to seal the set and the match 10-3

The whole event was smoothly run by newly qualified tournament referee Terri Scooper of

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If you fancy having a go at wheelchair tennis, contact Grantham Tennis Club on 01476 591391.