TENNIS: Grantham club’s Shaw wins first international tournament

James Shaw in action.
James Shaw in action.
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James Shaw, who trains at Grantham Tennis Club, won his first international wheelchair tournament in Poland last week.

James, who plays in the quad division, reached a career high world ranking of 25 as a result of his momentous victory in the Wroclaw Cup – an ITF2 ranking tournament. It also returned him to fourth in the British rankings.

He has been working on his strength and conditioning at Grantham Tennis Club in a wheelchair specific circuit training group. He also attends two of the four regular wheelchair sessions at the club.

His incredible hard work is now showing real results. Recently James has switched to a much more aggressive style of play, working with Loughborough-based coach Martyn Whait.

On his way to the final, James beat the highly rated Polish player Radosalw Wacek 6-3 6-3 before overcoming fellow Brit Ian Payne in three tight sets.

The final saw him go up against long time rival Richard Green. James showed great mental toughness to match his increased physical strength and prevailed in two tie-breaks 7-6 7-6.

After just missing out on a place in the Rio Paralympic Games, James has his sights set firmly on Tokyo 2020.

l Grantham Tennis Club are looking to grow its wheelchair participation. If you fancy having a go, just call in or phone 01476 591391.

l Grantham TC men’s first team hosted a very strong David Lloyd Burton Waters second string on Sunday.

They sent the big guns of Andrew Isaac, playing one of his last matches before going to America on a tennis scholarship, and Richard Cragg out together to try to pick up three wins – which they did.

That left men’s club captain Paul White and Michael Cragg, and James Drennan and Jonathan Cummins, playing second and third pair, to get the remaining two wins needed which they duly did to secure a 5-4 victory.

Pam Aust, David Blanchard, Jeanette Turland, Johnny Jago, Laura Dixon and Mark Ottey played away to a strong Sutton Bonington side last weekend and achieved a comfortable 15-3 win.