Frederic Cazeaudumec (FRA)
Frederic Cattaneo of France, Germany’s Bianca Osterer and Antony Cotterill of Great Britain won the men’s, women’s and quad singles titles at the SMP CZ Czech Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, in Prostejov.
Cattaneo justified his top seeding for the men’s singles, ending Dutch third seed Tom Egberink’s hopes of winning singles titles in successive weeks after the Frenchman won a marathon first set in their semifinal and went on to advance to the final 76(10) 64.
There was another closely fought semifinal in the bottom half of the draw, with third seed Martin Legner of Austria eventually prevailing as he beat Swedish second seed and 2011 runner-up Peter Vikstrom 63 76(6).
However, come the final Cattaneo had the upper hand and went on to win 63 63 to retain the title he won when beating Vikstrom in 2011.
The women’s singles final produced a thrilling climax as second seed Osterer edged out top seed Henriett Koosz of Austria 63 26 76(5) to seal her second title in as many weeks after her victory at the Polish Open.
In the quad singles Cotterill and fellow Brit Adam Field had both won their first two round-robin matches in straight sets. However, the decisive match for the title brought an enthralling contest that Cotterill won 57 75 75 after more than three hours on court to also follow up his victory at the Polish Open, where Field had again been runner-up.
The last doubles final of the ITF 2 Series tournament to be decided was in the men’s doubles and after going head-to-head in the men’s singles semifinals top seeds Legner and Vikstrom withstood a spirited comeback from second seeds Cattaneo and Tadeusz Kruszelnicki to land the spoils 64 16 (10-6) after a match tiebreak.