Chris Baily and Brenda Cassell completed a historic week for Great Britain at the first International Visually Impaired Tennis Tournament in Spain earlier this week.
Baily won the the men’s B3 singles and Cassell finished runner-up in the women’s B2 singles in yesterday’s finals.
Baily will also become Great Britain’s first visually impaired tennis player to be ranked number one in the world when the world rankings are published following the tournament.
Baily started the week strongly winning two round-robin matches 4-0 on Tuesday against Australians Michael Fogarti and Adam Fayad.
The Uckfield based player was scheduled to play Italy’s Candido Alessandro in his second match of the day, but Candido had to withdraw from the tournament due to injury.
Baily won his semi-final against Ireland’s Willem Roode 6-3on Wednesday before progressing to yesterday’s final where he beat Poland’s Grzegorz Korpinski 2-4, 4-2, (10-5) after a deciding match tie-break.
Cassell won all three of her round-robin matches 4-0 on Tuesday, defeating Rosion Demody of Ireland, Poland’s Kamila Wroblewska and Genemarie Richards of Australia.
Cassell maintained her perfect record in the quarter-final with a 6-0 victory over Mayumi Kita before defeating Adrianna Sanchez of Mexico 6-3 in Wednesday’s semi-final.
Cassell faced Chizuko Hara of Japan in the women’s B2 singles final on Thursday, with Hara winning 4-1, 4-2.