Shraga Weinberg secured a title double on home soil on Thursday as the quad singles and doubles finals featured on the penultimate day of the Israel Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour.
Top seed Weinberg faced a tremendous challenge from his doubles partner and second seed Boaz Kramer as the two Israeli players met in the final in Tel Aviv for the sixth time since 2006, but former world No. 1 Weinberg eventually wrapped up a 57 62 63 victory to regain the ITF 2 Series title.
Kramer secured his only NEC Tour win over Weinberg after winning a third and deciding set tiebreak in last’s final.
Later in the day Kramer and Weinberg, the Beijing 2008 Paralympic silver medallists, faced a determined challenge from Britain’s Adam Field and Marcus Jonsson of Sweden in the quad doubles final, the Israeli top seeds’ experience finally told as they recorded a 64 64 win.
McCarroll and Philipson dominate men’s events
Marc McCarroll and David Philiipson are emulating Kramer and Weinberg’s feats in the quad events after also reaching the men’s singles final, having combined to win the men’s doubles.
Top seed McCarroll came from 4-2 down in the opening set of his singles semifinal to beat third seed Jaroszewski of Poland 64 60.
Phillipson beat fourth seed Laszlo Farkas of Hungary 6-1, 6-2 in the other semifinal and the top two seeds are now set to go head-to-head in Friday’s all-British final as they meet for the sixth time on the NEC Tour. Phillipson currently leads McCarroll 5-0 in career head-to-heads, his latest win coming on home soil at the 2012 British Open in Nottingham.
McCarroll and Phillipson justified top seeding to beat Polish second seeds Kamil Fabisiak and Jaroszewski 63 64 to win their sixth men’s doubles title together.
With Jordanne Whiley already through to Friday’s women’s singles final, the Briton partnered Turkey’s Busra Un to win a thrilling women’s doubles final in their first tournament together.
Whiley and Un fought back from dropping a first set tiebreak to beat top seeds Bianca Osterer of Germany and Christine Schoenn of France 67(5) 63 (10-5) after a deciding match tiebreak.
Whiley will play Schoenn in Friday’s women’s singles final.