27 April 2017 | Tennis Australia

Australia has won 9 medals (3 gold, 4 silver, 2 bronze) at the 2017 INAS World Tennis Championships validating the team’s top spot after taking out the last 3 consecutive titles.

Australian tennis players led by Head Intellectual Disability (ID) Coach, Alison Scott travelled to Bolton, England to compete at the tournament which hosted competition between 9-14 April for Men and Women across singles, doubles and mixed doubles events.

Australia’s national intellectual disability team included, Archie Graham (Newtown, Qld) Kelly Wren (Engadine, NSW) Mitchell James (Burpengary, Qld), Joshua Holloway (Rockhampton, Qld), Damian Phillips (Coffs Harbour, NSW) and Carla Lenarduzzi (Camberwell, Vic).

Team Manager Jay Schuback commended the event.

“Events like the INAS World Championships are integral to ensuring players of all abilities are given the opportunity to represent their country in their chosen sport”

“Special mention to all the organisers and volunteers involved in the 2017 INAS World Tennis Championships, it was a fantastic event”.

Final results:

Gold medal play-off’s

  • Men’s singles

Archie Graham (Qld) def. [4] Fabrice Higgins (GBR) 4-1 0-4 10-5

  • Women’s singles

Hanne Lavreysen (BEL) def. [1] Kelly Wren (NSW) 4-1 5-4(1)

  • Men’s doubles

[3] Fabrice Higgins/Dominic Iannotti (GBR) def. [1] Archie Graham (Qld)/Damien Phillips (NSW) 4-1 2-4 (10-2)

  • Women’s doubles

Kelly Wren (NSW)/Carla Lenarduzzi (Vic) def. [1] Hanne Lavreysen / Lies Gielis (BEL) 5-4(4) 4-1

  • Mixed doubles

[1] Damien Phillips/Kelly Wren (NSW) def. [2] Jochen Fens / Hanne Lavreysen (BEL) 4-0 5-4(2)

Bronze medal play-off’s

  • Mixed doubles

Archie Graham (Qld)/Carla Lenarduzzi (Vic) def. Sebastien Faure/Elise Delvas (FRA) 4-1 4-0

  • Men’s Doubles

[2] Joshua Holloway/Mitchell James (Qld) def. [4] Thomas Mellor/Peter Millar (GBR) 5-4(3) 4-1

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