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GB men's padel team at the World Padel Championships

Great Britain’s men finish World Padel Championships in 14th place


Great Britain’s men's team finished their campaign at the World Padel Championships in Dubai after a tight 2-1 loss against the Netherlands. The loss was Britain’s first since Wednesday, when they missed on a place in the quarter-finals, and means they finished in a final placing of 14th in the 17-nation tournament.

On Friday, Britain had defeated Egypt 2-1, which followed on from back-to-back victories against the hosts, UAE, and Qatar on Thursday, both of which resulted in clean sweep 3-0 victories for John Leach’s British side.

Facing a tough Dutch side, Chris Salisbury and Frank Langan opened the tie with a 6-4, 6-3 loss, before the final result was wrapped up after British No.1 Christian Medina Murphy and Richard Brooks were defeated by Sietsma and Uriel Maarsen 7-6, 6-1.

The Brits salvaged one rubber in the tie after Van Opstal and Menno Nolten were forced to retire against Sandy Farquharson and Louie Harris.


“It was a tough loss this morning," said Great Britain's men's captain, John Leach.

"The Netherlands are a good side, and our boys gave it their all, fighting until the last point but unfortunately just fell short so, naturally, we are disappointed we didn’t come away with a victory on the last day.

“Overall, however, I’m very proud of the team. The whole team fought for every match and every point they played. This week has been a massive learning curve for these young players.

"These matches are crucial for their development, and I’ve taken a lot of insights and gained a lot of information about the players which, as a coach, is important for when they come up against these nations and experienced players. We’ll use our learnings to help develop the team going forward; it’s been a learning curve for everyone involved and is an experience the players will never forget. We will use this experience to make us a better team.”

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