22 Sep 2013

McCarroll and Luker clinch Montreal titles

Match Report

Photo: Tennis CanadaMarc McCarroll

Britain's Marc McCarroll and Canada's Gary Luker clinched the men's singles and quad singles titles at the Tennis Canada International, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, in Montreal, with McCarroll also ending the ITF 2 Series event by partnering Japan's Takuya Miki to the men's doubles title.

McCarroll became the second British winner of the men’s singles title since 2010 in Montreal as he completed back-to-back ITF 2 Series events in North America with three titles from four events.

Second seed McCarroll beat Miki for the second week in a row after a third and final set tie-break in Sunday's final in Montreal to repeat his win over Miki in the semi-finals of the PTR Championships in Hilton Head, USA McCarroll also ended Miki's quest for a third singles title in Canada this season.

The Briton led top seed top seed Miki by a set and 4-3 before having his serve broken late in the second set, but he held on in a thrilling finale for a 63 57 76(3) victory to claim his fourth men’s singles title of 2013 and his second at ITF 2 Series level.

McCarroll later partnered Miki to claim the men’s doubles title. The top seeds took the first set of the final from French duo David Dalmasso and Lahcen Majdi 6-3 before Dalmasso and Majdi retired. Victory for McCarroll saw him follow up his PTR Championships men’s doubles title with fellow Brit Gordon Reid.

Luker secures home victory in quad singles

Luker celebrated the second ITF 2 Series quad singles title of his career on Saturday's penultimate day of play to give the host nation a home victory at the Stade Uniprix in Montreal.

Luker, who won his maiden career singles title at the ITF Series Birmingham Canadian Wheelchair Tennis Classic in Ontario in 2012, also won the ITF 3 Series Stanley Park Open in Vancouver in July this year and the current world No. 28 beat American world No. 13 David Buck 62 75 in Montreal for his second title on home soil in 2013.  

"I had a great tournament," said 37 year-old Luker, who finally had a breakthrough against a higher ranked player after many close matches throughout this season against top 15 ranked players. "I have worked hard all year for a big win like this against a top player.

“The key to success today was my forehand crosscourt, which worked very well today and I managed to stay calm during the crunch time in the second, something I have been struggling with in the last few tournaments.

"This was the last ITF sanctioned event of the year for me before Nationals in October. I am extremely pleased to finish my season on such a high note," added Luker, who is now set for a significant improvement on his current ranking.