British Tennis Round-up: GB quads clinch fifth World Team Cup title
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Great Britain’s quad wheelchair tennis team stormed to success at the 2017 BNP Paribas World Team Cup, claiming a remarkable fifth title.
A team made up of Andy Lapthorne, Antony Cotterill and James Shaw defeated Israel 2-1 in Sunday's final, with Andy and Antony clinching the deciding doubles rubber against Noam Gershony and Shraga Weinberg, 6-3, 6-0.
Great Britain were just shy of claiming a historic double as the men’s team of Gordon Reid, Alfie Hewett and Dermot Bailey took the silver medal behind top seeds, France.
The final tie went the same distance and was a repeat of the Rio 2016 Paralympics men’s doubles final. Despite a solid effort, Alfie and Gordon were defeated 6-3, 6-0 by Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer.
Neal Skupski was on top form at the Savannah Challenger as he clinched the doubles title with Peter Polansky of Canada.
A determined 3-6, 7-5, 11-9 semi-final victory over Jarryd Chaplin (AUS) and Tennys Sandgren (USA) set up a showdown against fellow Brit, Luke Bambridge and his American partner, Mitchell Krueger. Luke and Mitchell had also come out on top of a three-set battle against Mikelis Libietis (LAT) and Max Schnur (USA), 6-1, 2-6, 10-7 on their journey to the final.
The match continued in the same three-set nail-biting fashion, but went in Neal and Peter’s favour as they fought back from a set down to take the crown 4-6, 6-3, 10-1.
Katy Dunne reached the final of an $80K ITF tournament in Gifu partnered up with Julia Glushko of Israel. The pair overcame Monique Adamczak (AUS) and Junri Namigata (JPN) 6-4, 7-6(4) in the semi-finals, but were denied the title as Japanese top seeds, Eri Hozumi and Miyu Kato sealed a 6-4, 6-2 win.
Farris Fathi Gosea also finished as a doubles finalist at Mexico F2 Futures with his American partner, Nathaniel Lammons.
Farris and Nathaniel battled past Juan Sebastian Gomez (COL) and Samuel Monette (CAN) 6-3, 4-6, 10-5 to secure a spot in the final against Kevin King (USA) and Nicolaas Scholtz (RSA). In a tantalisingly close two-setter, the title went to King and Scholtz 7-6(4), 7-6(4).
Joel Cannell completed the Brits’ hat-trick of doubles finalists, finishing runner-up of a Futures tournament in Antalya with Manuel Pena Lopez of Argentina.
A 6-4, 6-4 quarter-final victory over Dutch duo, Thiemo De Bakker (NED) and Michiel De Krom followed by a walkover from Pedro Sakamoto and Bruno Sant’Anna of Brazil, edged them into the final.
Joel and Manuel gave a good fight on the day, but fell 7-6(1), 6-2 to Sarp Agabigun (TUR) and Volodymyr Uzhylovsky.