Photo: James Jordan / Tennis FoundationStephane Houdet (FRA)
The men’s seeds all made comfortable progress into the second round on the opening day of the 25th British Open, the fifth of the six Super Series tournaments on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour at Nottingham Tennis Centre.
A puncture during his opening match on centre court could not stop world No. 2 Stephane Houdet as the Frenchman beat world No. 1 junior Alfie Hewett 60 62. Houdet led Hewett 4-0 in the opening set before needing repairs and came back to court to reel off the next two games.
Although16-year-old Hewett briefly rallied at the start of the second set Houdet regained the momentum and moves on to one of several intriguing second round contests against Japan’s word No. 10 Takashi Sanada, who won the only three set match in the men’s first round, defeating South Africa’s Evans Maripa 60 57 62.
World No. 1 Shingo Kunieda raced to a 60 60 victory over Brit Steve Crompton, while world No. 5 and defending champion Joachim Gerard earned a 60 61 victory over another British opponent, Paul Stewart. Gerard’s second round opponent will be Dutchman Tom Egberink, while former world No. 2 Stefan Olsson continued his journey back into the sport that he started earlier this season by defeating world No. 15 Frederic Cattaneo of France to set up a meeting with Britain’s world No. 3 Gordon Reid.
Ahead of the seeded players in the women’s singles and quad singles starting their campaigns on the second day of competition, Charlotte Famin claimed victory in the only three set match in the women’s singles on the opening day, the Frenchwoman defeating USA’s Kaitlyn Verfuerth 76(4) 16 63.
The start of the quad singles included victory for young Brit Ian Payne, who beat Sophie Fraioli of France 63 61. Payne, Israel’s Patrick Ben Uriel and Alberto Corradi of Italy all progressed to meet seeded opposition.
Order of Play - Wednesday, 16 July 2014