Dutch wheelchair tennis players dominate ITF wheelchair tennis masters

Last week, the ITF’s NEC Singles and Double Masters Wheelchair Championships were held at Sportcentrum de Rusheuvel in Oss.

Dutch tennis players have succeeded in almost all categories. Nils Fink and Sam Schroeder won the quad doubles final on Saturday. That same afternoon, Aniek van Koot & Diede de Groot were too strong for international competition in the women’s doubles final. On the last Sunday, Diede de Groot and Sam Schröder once again climbed the highest score on the podium, this time in the singles.

Doubles Finals

Supported by an enthusiastic local audience, Nils Fink and Sam Schroeder were the first nationals to be crowned world champions. And they managed to beat Australian Heath Davidson and Canadian Robert Shaw on Saturday morning. In the quads category, for players with disabilities in arms and legs, the Dutch duo were too strong for their opponents in two sets; 6-1, 6-0.

Under the watchful eye of Minister Connie Helder for Long-Term Care and Sports, Didi de Groot and Annick van Kot won the women’s doubles final later that afternoon. They were too strong for their compatriot Jeske Griffin and Japanese Momoko Ootani. 6-0, 6-4. (Read more below the image.)

Finalists in women’s doubles. Photo: © Tim Buitenhuis

At the conclusion of the day, the audience received a wonderful final in the men’s doubles. Tom Eberinc and Ruben Spargaren did not match the duo Fernandez and de la Puente of Argentina and Spain respectively. 6-1, 6-2.

Singles Finals

The singles finals were scheduled for Sunday. Today opened again Fink and Schroeder. Where they previously won together in the doubles, they now had to fight amongst themselves who could crown themselves as the world champion in the singles quads. After a surprisingly fast match, Schroeder rose to the top and won the title for the first time (6-3, 6-0). (Read more below the image.)

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Quadruple finalists for men’s singles. Photo: © Tim Buitenhuis

Diede de Groot opened the afternoon program. In line with expectations, the world number one was too strong for Japan’s Yui Kamiji. 6-2, 6-2. Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret presented de Groot the trophy associated with the world title at the NEC Wheelchair Singles Championships.

Britain’s Alfie Hewitt and Japan’s Tokito Oda concluded a successful event. Watch Rushuvel’s final of the highest level men’s singles match. Oda turned out to be the strongest and won 6-4, 6-3.

Parasport in the picture

With nearly 2,000 visitors in total and a home completely sold out in recent days, the 2022 ITF Wheelchair Tennis Masters program has been a real promotion for the canopy. Eric Kersten, owner of TOC Organizing Team, anticipates a bright future for adaptive sports in the Netherlands: “We’ve previously organized the Archery World Championships, the Cycling World Championships, and the Boccia Challenger World Championships. For each event, you see increased interest in the Parachute, both among the public and the media. Media. Next year we will also bring ten different European Para Championships together into one multi-sport event in Rotterdam, the European Para Championship. This way we are trying to give paragliding the attention it deserves!”

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