27 Oct 2013

Reid, Griffioen and Lapthorne claim Nottingham titles

Match Report

Photo: Takeo TanumaGordon Reid (GBR)

Gordon Reid and Jiske Griffioen won their second Nottingham Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament titles on Sunday as the final ITF 1 Series event on the 2013 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour drew to a close at Nottingham Tennis Centre.

World No. 4 Reid claimed his second men’s singles title in three years and Dutch world No. 3 Griffioen secured her second successive Nottingham Indoor title.

Reid was the second Britsh singles champion of the weekend after world No. 3 Andy Lapthorne had retained the quad singles title on Saturday with a 62 61 victory over his compatriot and second seed Antony Cotterill.

Second seed Reid and Dutch top seed Maikel Scheffers met in the men’s final in Nottingham for the third successive year after both having beaten each other in the last two finals, but 2011 champion Reid proved strongest this time as he claimed a 63 63 victory.

Both players held serve in the first four games before Reid broke for a 4-2 lead and he went on to serve out the opening set, which he secured with a powerful forehand down the line. Reid gained the first break of the second set and although Scheffers broke straight back Reid reeled off the last three games of the match to complete victory after 67 minutes.

“I’m really happy and delighted to regain the title,” said Reid after beating Scheffers for the second successive tournament this year and for his second successive ITF 1 Series title in a row.

“You’re not going to play your best tennis all the time and I’m pleased with how I got the job done today. It’s my second straight ITF 1 title and my third tournament win in a row, so it give me lots of confidence going into next month’s NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters.”

Second seed Griffioen dominated the women’s singles final this year, recording a 61 61 victory after being forced to three sets last year by Germany’s Sabine Ellerbrock.

Ellerbrock won just the fourth game of the first set and the sixth game of the second set after going 5-0 down as Griffioen wrapped up her eleventh victory over Ellerbrock in 13 head-to-heads. 

“I’m very pleased with the win today, I felt I controlled the game well and put a lot of pressure on Sabine, with few mistakes. It’s great preparation heading into the Masters," said second seed Griffioen, who will bid to retain her NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters title in California in early November.

French third seeds Michael Jeremiasz and Nicolas Peifer brought the tournament to a thrilling conclusion as the men’s doubles final, the last match of the tournament, went to a final set tiebreak.

Jeremiasz and Peifer prevailed 46 64 76(0) against defending champions and second seeds Reid and Scheffers in a contest lasting just two minutes short of three hours.