Ben Bartram, the 14 year old wheelchair tennis player from Norwich has had a successful summer, travelling to tournaments in the Netherlands and Belgium as well as the British wheelchair open in Nottingham.
In the junior world rankings out this week Ben has moved up to number 6 in the world. He also enjoyed some success in his first international men’s tournament, winning the B draw event.
The BNP Paribas 2019 Wheelchair World Team Cup was held in Israel between the 13th-18th May.
Norfolk’s Ruby Bishop and Ben Bartram both represented Great Britain in the junior competition.
Ruby was making her debut, while this was Ben’s 2nd appearance.
The GB junior team was seeded 7th in the competition however after some outstanding performances from all players the team reached the semi final where they defeated Brazil. In the final they played Australia which they lost 2-1 in a very long and close match
Congratulations to Ruby Ben and the other players Dahnon Greg and captain Marc
Report by Derek Perry
Great Britain men claim second World Team Cup wheelchair tennis title to add to silver and bronze medals for Junior and Women’s teams
Great Britain Men’s Team win second title since 2015
Record medal haul for Great Britain Teams
Great Britain Junior team sin silver
Women’s team claim bronze for second year in a row
Alfie Hewett shone in Seoul as he defeated top seed Joachim Gerard to win the Korea Open men’s singles title for the second time in his career.
The 21-year-old’s march to the title saw him revisit two match-ups from his silver medal-winning singles campaign at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
In the semi-finals, Hewett defeated British colleague Gordon Reid, his conqueror in the Rio gold medal match just under two-and-a-half years ago, teeing up another meeting with Belgium’s Gerard.
At the last Paralympics, Hewett triumphed in the semi-finals and the British star has now won ten of his last 12 meetings with former world number one Gerard, sealing a 7-6(6) 7-5 success in Seoul.
The Norfolk native also tasted Korea Open success in 2016.
Hewett’s title win wrapped up a superb tournament for British competitors in Seoul, with Lucy Shuker having clinched her third doubles title in a row on Good Friday.
The 38-year-old, who had previously won the Busan Open and Daegu Open with fellow Brit Jordanne Whiley, defeated top seeds Marjolein Buis and Dana Mathewson, of the Netherlands and United States respectively, 6-4 6-3 alongside partner Kgothatso Montjane.
The competition took place at the Sportspark with 5 Complex Needs schools, 40 children in 9 teams taking part in a variety of tennis activities. It was an official LTA Team Challenge event, sponsored by Busseys, with GB’s junior wheelchair player from Norwich, Ben Bartram, attending as an NLTA ambassador.
CLARE School – Group 1 Winners ST ANDREWS School – Group 2 Winners
The WHERRY 1 Group 1 – Runners Up The WHERRY B – Group 2 Runners Up