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Surrey.Tennis 2017/2018

A review of all the activities in Surrey Tennis in 2017/2018 Published by Surrey.Tennis

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disability Surrey tennis Inaugural International Wheelchair Event at Surbiton n 6-8 July at Surbiton Racket and Fitness Club, the world’s O best Wheelchair Tennis players took to the grass courts in order to get matches under their belt on the surface before Wimbledon. It was the first time Diede de Groot and Lucy Shuker in action. Right, Alfie Hewett an event of its kind had taken place, and with good weather conditions, it meant 3 full days of action. The invitational tournament was organised by the Tennis Foundation, Britain’s leading tennis charity. This event is viewed as an initial step towards establishing a grass court season for wheelchair tennis in the build-up to Wimbledon. Geoff Newton, Executive Director of the Tennis Foundation said: “This tournament marks a significant moment in the development of the wheelchair tennis calendar and our efforts to create a grass court season for the players. Last year’s inaugural singles event at Wimbledon was a huge 26 surrey tennis magazine

Surrey Coaches Group members taking part in Q&A with professional players Stefan Olsson and Lucy Shuker. success, so we are delighted to be able to build on that by putting on this grass court tournament at Surbiton.” Underlining the importance of being able to get grass court match practice, 2017 French Open Champion and US Open Finalist Alfie Hewett said: “Playing on grass requires a different approach to the clay of Roland Garros or hard courts of other tournaments. We have not previously had the opportunity to play competitive matches on grass ahead of Wimbledon so this tournament will form a crucial part of my preparations as I aim to transfer my recent form onto the grass.” Stéphane Houdet and Diede de Groot took the men’s and women’s singles titles away from the inaugural International Wheelchair Tennis Tournament. Houdet and Stefan Olsson took the men’s doubles title in a thrilling match that finished 12-10 in the match tiebreak. And Brit Lucy Shuker partnered de Groot in the women’s doubles, where they won in straight sets. The crowd also witnessed David Wagner and Andy Lapthorne compete in an exciting match in the quad singles (competitors in this class have impairment to both upper and lower limbs). As Surbiton were hosting the inaugural grass court international wheelchair event, the Surrey Coaches Group ran a Wheelchair Tennis Coaching Clinic. With the support of the Tennis Foundation, we ran a coaching clinic for 14 coaches on 6th July. Stuart Wilkinson and Karen Ross from the national coaching team ran the session, which looked at wheelchair set up, fun warm-up and core drills, and how they can be set up for different levels. With ex-player Marc McCarroll doing the demonstrations for each exercise, coaches may have thought movement in the chair was easy. But when coaches had an opportunity to have a go in the chairs themselves, it became apparent that Wheelchair Tennis was physically demanding and provided a new challenge for our coaches. The session was full of useful content and Mark and Karen created a lively atmosphere throughout. At the end of the event, we were fortunate to have current players Stefan Olsson and Lucy Shuker drop by to do a Question and Answer session with the coaches. They gave insight into how they got into the game, along with what motivates them to be the best. It was great that a number of coaches wanted to learn more about Wheelchair tennis coaching, and I hope this provides them with the confidence to either start or continue to deliver sessions at their respective venues. surrey tennis magazine 27