10 Jul 2022

A home win is always welcome.

Successful some seven months ago when the tournament was held in November; on Saturday 9th July, Argentina’s Elias Romero retained his men’s singles class 5 title at the ITTF Copa Tango 2022 in Buenos Aires.

On the second day of play, he recorded a semi-final success in opposition to colleague, Mauro Depergola (9-11, 12-10, 11-8, 11-7), prior to securing the top prize at the expense of Great Britain’s Simon Heaps (8-11, 11-4, 11-5, 15-13).

The title defended successfully, the win was as status advised; Elias Romero commenced play, the top seed.

“It was very hard, intense, I felt I was the favourite and that gives you pressure; I psyched myself up to play game by game; I had to understand the pressure and turn it into something that motivated me in every game. What I did best was keep my cool,  I was tactically organised. When I made mistakes I didn’t give up.” Elias Romero

Notably, Simon Heaps was a player in form; at the recent Stag 2022 European Veteran Championships in Rimini, he had won men’s singles class 1-5.

“I came here following several ups and downs; this win is very important to me, it adds a few more points to my world ranking. It is beautiful to play in your own country, with your family watching you. Honestly it was a beautiful tournament in Argentina.” Elias Romero

Now, Elias Romero partners Gabriel Copola in men’s doubles class 8, Maria Garrone in mixed doubles class 7.

ITTF Fa20 Copa Tango 2022 Para Table Tennis

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