GORDON Reid won the men’s main draw consolation singles final at the Florida Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships, the first Super Series event of the 2010 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, in Boca Raton.
The 18-year-old Scot’s win provided the highlight of the weekend’s results for British players competing in the USA and South Africa after a string of semi-final and final appearances.
After his first round exit in the main draw earlier in the week, Helensburgh’s Reid went on to justify top seeding in the consolation event, completing his success with a 7-6(6), 6-3 victory over Dutchman Tom Egberink in Sunday’s final.
Third seed Egberink beat Middlesex’s Marc McCarroll 6-2, 6-4 in the semi-finals of the consolation event.
There was disappointment for Hampshire’s Peter Norfolk and Middlesex’s Andrew Lapthorne, who saw their respective quad singles and quad doubles title defences falter on Saturday.
World No 1 ranked quad Norfolk experienced his first career loss to Swedish world No 4 and eventual champion Johan Andersson in the semi-finals of the quad singles.
Andersson earned a 6-1, 6-4 victory to end Norfolk’s bid for a sixth Florida Open title and the Swede continued in fine form as he then beat American world No 2 David Wagner in Sunday’s final.
Andersson again thwarted British hopes in the quad doubles final when he partnered Canada’s Sarah Hunter to beat third seeds Lapthorne and Hunter, 6-4, 6-3.
The British duo had earlier impressed in their semi-final when they secured victory for the second successive year over American top seeds and reigning Paralympic champions Nick Taylor and Wagner.
As the ITF 2 Series South African Open drew to a close in Johannesburg on Saturday, Britain’s Adam Field, Louise Hunt and Laura Coteman all had to settle for runners-up honours.
East Sussex’s Field was narrowly edged out in his bid for the first ITF 2 Series quad singles title of his career and slipped to a 6-7(2), 3-6 loss to South African second seed Lucas Sithole in is final.
Wiltshire’s Hunt faced South African No 1 Kgothatso Montjane in their second women’s singles final in a week in South Africa, but Hunt was again denied the most important title of her career as Montjane prevailed 6-1, 6-1.
However, the University of Bath student, who reached a career best singles ranking of No 28 last week after finishing runner-up to Montjane in the Border Open in East London, can look forward to another significant rankings improvement this week.
Hunt partnered Cambridgeshire’s Coteman in the women’s doubles final and the British duo followed up their women’s doubles runners-up trophy at the Border Open with runners-up honours once more as Montjane and Refilwe Mooketsi beat them 6-4, 6-2.