Photo: Fundacio Tommy RobredoAniek van Koot (NED), ITF Wheelchair Tennis Ambassador and Tournament Director Tommy Robredo and Gustavo Fernandez (ARG)
Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez claimed his third men’s singles title of the 2013 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour and the third ITF 2 Series title of his career on Sunday when he became only the second men’s player to add his name to the roll of honour at the 5th Open Memorial Santi Silvas.
Fernandez’s victory completes a good week for the top seeds after world No. 1 Aniek van Koot secured her second women’s singles title in Olot on Saturday’s penultimate day of play. The inaugural women’s champion in 2009 and 2010 runner-up remained unbeaten in her round-robin matches this year, while also partnering Frenchwoman Pauline Helouin to win the women’s doubles.
After ending the title defence of Sweden’s four-time champion Stefan Olsson in Saturday’s men’s semifinals in three sets , world No. 5 Fernandez clinched the points that mattered to beat world No. 6 and second seed Joachim Gerard in the final, defeating the Belgian 63 63.
Fernandez adds to the back-to-back ITF 1 Series titles that he won in USA in March, while his last ITF 2 Series victory came last August at the Trofeo Della Mole in Italy. He also completes his latest tournament with both the singles and doubles titles after partnering Gerard to win Saturday's men's doubles final.
Sunday’s final brought the curtain down on another memorable Open Memorial Santi Silvas, the tournament that has been organised since 2009 by ITF Wheelchair Tennis Ambassador Tommy Robredo and his Foundation in memory of Spanish wheelchair tennis player Santi Silvas, a close friend of Robredo’s since childhood. Santi Silvas passed away in early 2008.
Five-time Grand Slam champion Martina Hingis made a guest appearance at the tournament earlier this week, playing an exhibition with Robredo before the two players joined Gerard and van Koot for a mixed doubles one-up, one-down exhibition.
Sunday’s final day also started with another guest appearance as Robredo played an exhibition with Spain’s Davis Cup Captain Alex Corretja, who was also a member of Spain’s Davis Cup-winning team in 2000.