Gary Cox wins national championship at Lexus wheelchair tennis finals

Gary Cox in action Image: Lawn Tennis Association (LTA)

One of the nation’s highest ranking wheelchair tennis players has won a gold and a silver medal in the Lexus Wheelchair Tennis National Championships held in the first weekend of December at The Shrewsbury Club.

Cox, whose home club is Riverside Tennis Club, is already a three-time national Quad singles champion, and he made it another with a comprehensive victory in the Quad competition.

The Quad wheelchair singles was a three man round robin event, but Cox didn’t drop a single game in his two matches, beating both Edward Barrett and Dan Pennington-Bridges 6-0 6-0.

Cox was also one half of a Men’s Wheelchair Doubles pairing, along with Kevin Lewis who won a silver medal in the nine team doubles event, losing out in the best of three sets final.

Gary Cox at Wimbledon in the Summer Image: Gary Cox / Riverside Tennis Club

Sharing a set apiece at 6-4, their opponents – Mark Langeveld and Rob Teague – won the deciding ten point tie break 10-4 to take home the title.

Cox also reached the quarter-finals of the main event, the Wheelchair Singles, beating Siggy Ahmed in the second round 6-0 6-1 before falling 6-1 7-6 at the quarter final stage to his doubles partner, Kevin Lewis.

Gary was the latest wheelchair player to become an LTA Colour Holder earlier this year after he made his debut for Great Britain at the World Team Cup European Qualifiers in Antalya, Turkey.

The Men’s Wheelchair Singles title was won by Philip Fielding who beat Rob Teague 6-4 7-5 in the final at the Shrewsbury Club.

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