22 Sep 2018

Favourites for honours at the start of the day; when the medals were presented on Friday 21st September at the conclusion of the Men’s Singles wheelchair events at the 2018 Czech Para Open in Ostrava, the leading names had justified their status.

The only competition that did not witness success for the top seed was in Class 1 where Hungary’s Endre Major emerged the winner; the previous day Great Britain’s top seeded Rob Davies had finished in third place in his group, thus had not qualified for the main draw.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

An opportunity presented, Endre Major secured the title at the final expense of Russia’s Dmitrij Lavrov (11-7, 11-7, 11-5); similarly there was a straight games win for Ireland’s Colin Judge in the Class 3 final, he beat Jensen Van Emburgh of the United States to claim the title (11-6, 11,5, 12-10).

Comprehensive wins; for Poland’s Rafal Czuper life was slightly more difficult. He needed four games to beat Russia’s Evgenii Riazantcev (17-15, 11-7, 7-11, 11-7) to secure the top prize in Class 2.

Meanwhile, for Croatia’s Tomislav Spalj, life was even more exacting. In the Class 4 final he required the full five games to overcome Slovakia’s Boris Travincek, only emerging victorious by the minimum two point margin in the deciding game (9-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-5, 11-9).

“I played very well, the same as my opponent. However, it was my experience and maybe a bit of luck that eventually determined the winner.” Tomislav Spalj

It was for the Slovakian a case of so near yet so far.

“Although my rival was the favourite, when I led two games to one I started to think of victory. I am a little disappointed since the loss was pretty close.” Boris Travincek

Experience vital, it was the same in the Class 5 final, where Norway’s Tommy Urhaug claimed the title at the final expense of Great Britain’s Jack Hunter-Spivey (12-10, 11-4, 12-10), having at the semi-final stage ousted the more experienced Argentine, Mauro Depergola (11-7, 2-11; 11-7, 11-4).

“I had to concentrate hard and stick to the tactics that allowed me to beat Mauro who is without a doubt experienced player. I am always glad to return to Ostrava, I enjoy it here.” Tommy Urhaug

Attention now turns to the Men’s Team events, play concludes on Saturday 22nd September.

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