Tournaments

31 May 2019

A day without defeat, such was the outcome for the leading names on duty in the men’s singles wheelchair classes at the 2019 Para Polish Open in Wladyslawowo on Thursday 30th May.

However, slightly lower down the order, two players in particular, Ireland’s Colin Judge and Slovakia’s Boris Travincek, attracted the attention; both excelled expectations.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Competing in class 3, Colin Judge secured first place in his group contrary to status by beating Germany’s Jan Guertler, the no.5 seed (11-5, 11-9, 11-8); disappointment for Jan Guertler but not for his colleagues Thomas Schmidberger and Thomas Brüchle, the respective top two seeds, both ended the day in first places in their respective groups, main draw places booked.

Similarly in class 4, Boris Travincek accounted for the host nation’s Rafal Lis, the no.3 seed (11-13, 11-9, 11-9, 8-11, 11-6) duly remaining unbeaten to top the group.

Boris Travincek maintained consistent form (Photo: Bogdan Pasek)

 

Moreover, in class 4 somewhat different to the other events, the early rounds were played in the main draw; Boris Travincek maintained his form, he beat Chile’s Cristian Gonzalez (15-13, 11-7, 12-10) to reserve his place in the semi-finals. He now meets Turkey’s Abdulla Ozturk, the top seed; in the opposite half of the draw, also from Turkey Nesim Turan, the no.2 seed, opposes the host nation’s Krszysztof Zylka.

Surprise outcome but success for the top seeded names; it was the same in the remaining wheelchair classes.

In class 1, play organised on a group basis, Hungary’s Endre Major, the top seed, remained unbeaten as did Russia’s Dmitry Lavrov. Meanwhile in class 2, Frenchman Fabien Lamirault and the host nation’s Rafal Czuper, the leading names on duty, ended the day unbeaten as in class 5 did Turkey’s Ali Ozturk and Germany’s Valentin Baus.

A successful day for Rafal Czuper (Photo: Bogdan Pasek)

 

Play in the men’s singles wheelchair events concludes on Friday 31st May.

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