On Sunday, four finals were contested in Wheelchair Tennis at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup, held in Alghero, Italy. We start in the Quad division, where Great Britain took on Israel. After the teams split the two singles matches, Great Britain’s Antony Cotterill and Andy Lapthorne won the gold for their country in doubles, defeating Israel’s Noam Gershony and Shraga Weinberg in straight sets. A similar situation played out in the Junior final, as the USA’s Nathan Melnyk and Conner Stroud defeated Russia’s Sergei Lysov and Aleksei Shuklin in the deciding doubles match. In the Women’s final, China pulled off an upset victory over top-seeded Netherlands to win their first ever title! Hui Min Huang and Zhenzhen Zhu both won their singles matches to clinch the victory. Finally in the men’s final, France took the victory over Great Britain, winning their 8th title. The deciding doubles match was a rematch of the 2016 Rio Paralympics final, in which France’s Paralympic champions Stéphane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer took down Great Britain’s Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid.
For complete World Team Cup results, head to itftennis.com.
Moving on to Powerchair Football, the WFA Cup Final took place Saturday morning at St. George’s Park, featuring two of the top clubs in England: Aspire PFC and Villa Rockets. Aspire took a 2-0 lead in the first half, with goals from Jordan Williams and Rosie Hodgson. Amir Ali brought Villa within 1, scoring late in the second half, but Aspire held on to win their second consecutive WFA Cup! This was one part of The FA’s Disability Cup which also included CP United FC winning the Cerebral Palsy Cup, RNC Sport winning the Blind Cup, Derby County winning the Deaf Cup, and Peterborough United winning the Amputee Cup!
Already underway stateside, the Lakeshore Foundation is hosting the Tri Nations Invitational Wheelchair Rugby tournament in Birmingham, Alabama. In the first international Wheelchair Rugby action of the year, Canada, Japan and hosts USA are playing 11 games in 4 days, running Wednesday to Saturday. The final day of round-robin games is Friday, with games tipping off at 11 am, 3 pm and 7 pm Eastern. The semifinals takes place on Saturday at 2 pm, followed by the final at 5 pm. Go to lakeshore.org for the schedule, results and recaps, and click here to watch live!
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