Great Britain’s quad wheelchair tennis team won their fifth World Team Cup title in Sardinia earlier today after defeating Israel 2-1.
The GB men’s team won silver as they finished runners-up to France at what is the wheelchair tennis equivalent of the Davis Cup.
Andy Lapthorne, Antony Cotterill and James Shaw all played in in the quad final before Cotterill and Lapthorne won the crucial doubles. The Great Britain men’s team of Gordon Reid, Alfie Hewett and Dermot Bailey were beaten 2-1 by France after a rematch of the Rio 2016 Paralympic men’s doubles final. Shaw found London 2012 gold medallist Noam Gershony too strong in the opening singles match, with Gershony winning 6-2, 6-1 to give Israel the lead.
However, world No. 3 Lapthorne levelled the final with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Shraga Weinberg and reigning Doubles Masters champions Cotterill and Lapthorne produced a sensational performance to beat London 2012 doubles bronze medallists Gershony and Weinberg 6-3, 6-0. “It’s been a big team effort this week and it’s amazing to win wearing the GB vest again,” said Lapthorne. “I’m also really pleased to end the week still unbeaten this year playing with Antony and we are looking forward to the challenges ahead.”
World No. 7 Alfie Hewett ensured a winning start to the final for GB’s men’s team after defeating France’s world No. 5 Nicolas Peifer 6-3, 6-3. World No. 1 Stephane Houdet forced the doubles decider after beating world No. 2 Reid 6-4, 6-3. Houdet and Peifer won an enthralling doubles match 6-3, 6-0 against Rio silver medallists Hewett and Reid.
“It’s a disappointing end to a great week as we came into the final unbeaten in all our matches this week and were confident we could regain the title we won in 2015,” said Reid. “However, Houdet and Peifer are not Paralympic champions for nothing and we will look to come back stronger.”
Picture courtesy of the Tennis Foundation, with thanks.