Uckfield scientist Chris Baily admits he was pleased with his performances at the National Visually Impaired Tennis Championships but was disappointed to lose in the final for a second successive year to Paul Ryb.
The 38-year-old finished runner-up in the men’s B3-B4 singles at the National Tennis Centre last weekend after losing a close final to three-time champion Ryb. However, Baily who started playing Visually Impaired Tennis 18 months ago got the better of Ryb in the final of the men’s B3-B4 doubles which he won with his playing partner Callum Lock.
When asked if he was pleased with his performance, Baily said: “Mostly, yes, but I was really hoping to go one step further in the singles, as I was runner-up to Paul last year as well. He got out to a 4-1 3-0 lead and I was able to come back to 3-2 40-30, but he held on to take the final set 4-2. However, overall he played an excellent match and deserved to win. Baily revealed what he will be working on to improve for next year and how he believes the standard of the tournament was higher than previous years.
He said: “There’s no part of my game that’s beyond help, so I’ll be trying to work on everything to some degree.
“The standard was much higher than last year. There were more players than last year and the overall standard has got much better as evidenced by some hard fought wins in the early group stages this year.”