Irish Wheelchair Team at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup 2017

 

Wheelchair World team Cup – Vilamoura March 2017

MATCH REPORT DAY 3

Day 3 saw the Irish take on Portugal in a the play off for 3rdand 4th in Group 3 of the Wheelchair World Team Cup Qualification Tournament. The Portuguese had a Top 100 player in their ranks so went into the match as strong favourites

Stafford Lynn soon realised this  as his opponent Carlos Leitao hit 4 forehand winners in the first game to break Stafford and then unleashed 2 aces to seal the 2nd. Stafford started hit with more length and try to put Carlos on the defensive more often which won him the 3rd game and put him 0-40 up in the fourth. However a couple of unforced errors long and another service winner cost Stafford his break points and he soon found himself  4-1 down. The match continued in this way with Stafford getting ahead in many of the games but not able to close them out before he lost 6-3 6-1 in 1 ½ hours 

Next up was Garreth Greene against World no 85 Joao Melo . Garreths showed straight away he wasn’t intimidated by his opponents high ranking by hitting 3 winners in the first game and taking it to love . Garreths form from the previous day was nowhere in sight as he continued to hit winners from both sides and making very few unforced errors as he took a 4-1 lead. His opponent steadied the ship a little but Garreth was in no mood to let him back in and closed the set out 6-3.

He immediately broke to go 1-0 up in the 2nd and then led 40-15 in his service game before his opponent managed to claw his way back to 1-1. Garreths opponent  then started to move better and seemed to be getting to more of Garreth balls and suddenly Garreths form dipped a little as he got broken again and found himself 3-1 and then 4-2 down in the 2nd set.  Again at this point Garreth gritted his teeth and started to find outright backhand winners as he went on a run of 3 games to lead 5-4. Finally after going 40-15 down in the next game he realed off three winners in a row and completed the victory fittingly with a backhand winner down the line to win 6-3 6-4

 

So in the deciding doubles Garreth and Stafford faced Carlos again but his time with Jaoa Sanona. By now conditions were very tricky with a strong breeze blowing across the courts .The Portuguese pair both served very well with the wind and kept the Irish pair routed to the baseline as the took control of the match winning the first 4 games despite the Irish pair having points to win each one of them ! The match now started to even up with Stafford starting to get to the net more regularly and closed the set up to 5-3 before another long game which the Portuguese knicked to win the set 6-3.

More long games followed until with the score at 2-2 there was a 30 minute game containing 12 deuces and numerous break points before the Portuguese managed to hold on to it to go 3-2 up . This appeared to knock the syuffing out of the Irish lads as the next 2 games were lsot relatively quickly but at 5-2 they came back again saving 2 match points to get it to 5-3 and then at 15 – 40 had 2 chances to get to 5-4. However both were saved and then 3 further match points saved before finally a backhand was netted and the match was lost 6-3 6-3in 2 hrs and 40 minutes 

As a result Ireland finished 13th overall in the event 

IRELAND 1 V 2 PORTUGAL

STAFFORD LYNN LOST TO CARLOS LEITAO 6-3 6-1

GARRETH GREENE BEAT JAOA MELO 6-3 6-4

GARRETH GREENE / STAFFORD LYNN LOST TO CARLOS LEITAO/ JAOA SANONA 6-3 6-3

 

To read how Day 2 of the Competition went click on the link below:-

docxWheelchair_World_team_Cup_Day_2.docx

 

To read how Day 1 of the Competition went click on the link below:-

docxWheelchair_World_team_Cup_Day_1.docx

Irish Wheelchair Team at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup 2017

Stafford Lynn Ireland v Laszlo Farkas Hungary 21st March 2017

First match World Team Cup  Stafford Lynn v Laszlo Farkas, Hungary 21/03/2017



Pictured Stafford Lynn in practice 20/03/2017

The team will be competing in the 2017 BNP Paribas World Team Cup in Portugal starting today March 21st-March 25th 2017
The Irish team of Ulster's Stafford Lynn and Ivor Jess along with Gerry Milligan and Gareth Greene will be captained by Ulster's Jim Watt. 

Ireland were unable to field a team last year so we wish all the players the best of luck!

To view a video of the team in practice click the link below

HERE

Full reports of the event will follow HERE

 

 

Irish Wheelchair players all set for World Qualifiers



Pictured Stafford Lynn and Gareth Greene with Captain Jim Watt and Richard Fahey CEO Tennis Ireland before they left for Portugal.

The team will be competing in the 2017 BNP Paribas World Team Cup in Portugal on March 21st-25th.
The Irish team of Gareth Greene, Stafford Lynn, Gerry Milligan and Ivor Jess will be captained by Jim Watt. 
Ireland were unable to field a team last year so we wish all the players the best of luck!

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