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Wheelchair Tennis

WHEELCHAIR tennis, gathering pace in the sporting world, showed its global appeal over three days of top competition, high above the Ritz Carlton Abama, in Guia de Isora.

Players from 10 nations competed at the Annabel Croft Tennis Academy for prizes and points on the UNIGLO Tour, now in its third year and affiliated to the senior circuit of the ITF (International Tennis Federation) senior circuit.

This was the first Autonomy Open in Tenerife, and organisers hope to make it a regular addition to the international calendar.

Paloma Oñate, born in Santa Cruz and now based in Madrid,  kept the home flag flying. She was partnered in the ladies doubles with British player Sarah Gaisford.

Travelling is all part of the sport’s challenge, and winners of the ladies doubles were Gabriela Buehier, from Switzerland and Poland’s Lucyna Mietrikiewicz, who beat her partner in the singles.

Lucyna, a late entry for the competition, said: “I was taking part in a round in Prague when I got the invite. It was short notice, but, with the help of good sponsors and friends, I was able to arrange to get here in time.

“It has been a wonderful trip for me, winning the singles and doubles. It’s my first time in Tenerife, and I have made lots of new friends here. It has given me a boost for my next events in Turkey, Switzerland, and England (Preston) in February.”

The wheelchair sport is pretty similar to the able-bodied game. The main difference is that a second bounce can be out of the court, which is normal size. The wheelchairs are custom-made to suit each player, with a wider axle for stability and a lightweight design for good, reverse-mobility.

In the men’s singles competition, Austrian Martin Legner beat Mike Denayer, of Belgium, 6-7, 6-1, 6-1. He also won the men’s doubles with Spanish partner Francisco Garcia Vena, beating Spain’s Enrique Siscar and Frenchman Nicolas Vanlerberghe 6-4, 6-4.

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