During last week Mauritius held First in the History ITF UNIQLO Wheelchair tennis tournament.
It was a big success. 22 players from Mauritius, South Africa, France and Ireland had hot matches under the Mauritian sun.
South African team dominates at this time. High ranked Mariska Venter and Leon Els were first seeded players and they proof it. Mariska in the singles final take advantage against Thando Hlatswayo (7:5,6:2). After that together with Thando they defeated Mauritian young promise Brandy Perrine and South African Nokwanda Hlongwane in two straight sets. Another Mauritian player Jennifer Rose reached semi-final. Absolutely good result for the first tournament in carrier for Mauritian girls.
In the men’s single draw Leon Els and Garreth Green from Ireland are still looking forward to be qualified for Paralympic Games — 2016 in Rio. This motivation brought them to the final, where more experienced Leon showed best performance and win the final match 6:0,6:1.
Noorani Alleare is Mauritius National Champion 2015 with Garreth Green couldn’t do anything with Leon Els and Patrick Selepe from South Africa in the men’s final doubles match.
The social event was held on the 3rd of December — «The International Day of Persons with Disabilities» — in Asso Villa, where players could see the exhibition of sport racing cars and bikes.
The team «We Are Racing» took all the players on their wheels and ride with them through the oceanfront roads!
Another great adventure were prepared for participants: after the tournament on the public beach everyone could try Sitting Beach Tennis. Perhaps it will help this really interesting sport to be recognized by the Paralympic Committee in the future!