Funamizu and Kellerman claim Metro Wheelchair Tennis Open titles
The Metropolitan Wheelchair Tennis Open has wrapped up, the tour will now head to Wollongong for the NSW Wheelchair Tennis Open.
Shiori Funamizu (JPN) and Adam Kellerman (NSW) have claimed the singles titles at the Metropolitan Wheelchair Tennis Open on Wednesday at City Community Tennis Centre in Sydney.
The tournament’s youngest competitor, Funamizu, made it through the tournament without dropping a set through the Women’s round-robin event and showcased incredible skill on the court here in Sydney this week. She will head into the NSW Wheelchair Tennis Open on Friday as a strong contender for both the Women’s and Junior titles in Wollongong.
Funamizu enjoyed her week in Sydney saying, “I enjoyed this tournament very much, I look forward to coming back next year.”
On the Men’s side, Kellerman took a convincing win over Sydney local, Keegan Oh-Chee 6-0 6-2. Former, Australian #1, Kellerman is returning to the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour in good form after taking a break from the circuit. He will head into the NSW Open eager to have a repeat performance from today and win back to back titles this week.
The Men’s doubles Final proved to be a nail-biter this afternoon as Keegan Oh-Chee and Henry de Cure forced the final to a third set match tiebreak. Second seeds Mick Connell and Stephan Rochecouste couldn’t force the upset this afternoon and Oh-Chee and de Cure won the Men’s Open Doubles title, 5-7 6-3 (10-6).
NSW Wheelchair Tennis State coach, Kathy Fahim, hosted a Women’s Wheelchair Tennis Clinic on finals day providing a launch for her, ‘chicks rock… and roll’ women’s only wheelchair tennis program which was a recent recipient of the AO Community Grant. Individuals came from Royal Rehab Hospital for a free coached session and were able to stay and watch the Finals and meet players from the tournament. This is an incredible initiative to encourage more females to play wheelchair tennis in NSW and is now the second state after Victoria to launch women’s only wheelchair tennis programming.
The Wheelchair Sports NSW Wheelchair Tennis Series will now head to Wollongong for the final tournament in its Series, NSW Wheelchair Tennis Open, on the UNIQLO ITF Wheelchair Tennis Tour for the 2017 season. Play will start Friday 3 November at 9:00 am at Beaton Park Tennis Centre and will run through Sunday, November 5th.
The Metropolitan Wheelchair Tennis Open, is part of the Wheelchair Sports New South Wales Wheelchair Tennis Series, supported by Tennis Australia and Tennis NSW. This tournament is part of the UNIQLO ITF Wheelchair Tennis Tour, providing an opportunity for players to earn their first world ranking points. The UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour consists of more than 150 tournaments in over 40 countries, covering all parts of the world. For more information on the ITF Wheelchair Tennis Tour http://www.itftennis.com/wheelchair