Dermot Bailey defends Wrexham wheelchair tennis title in style
Posted: Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:35
Dermot Bailey is looking ahead to next month's Bath Indoors and December's British Wheelchair Tennis Championships after completing a routine defence of his Wrexham ITF Futures men's singles title over the weekend.
The Kettering 22-year-old dropped just four games at Wrexham Tennis Centre, the top seed defeating Welshman Tony Tibbs 6-0, 6-0 and Dutchman Pim Palmen 6-2, 6-0 to ease into the semi-finals.
Back-to-back 6-1, 6-0 wins over fourth seed Ruairi Logan and second seed and former National Champion Scott Smith ultimately saw Bailey retain an international title for the second time this year and take his career tally of ITF Futures singles titles to six as he warms up to next month's ITF 1 Series event in Bath.
"I arrived in Wrexham on the back of playing the Wimbledon runner-up in the final of the Swedish Open and that was a step up in level of performance for me in my first tournament since the summer. So the important thing in Wrexham was to defend my title and as many points as possible and I've been able to do that pretty comfortably," said Bailey, a member of the Tennis Foundation's Wheelchair Tennis World Class Programme.
"I've been able to focus on my concentration and the routines in match play that I practice in training with my coach Mark at Corby Tennis Centre and not so much on the match outcome; so things like my pre-serve routine, where I sit when preparing to return serve and things that will stand me in good stead for the future." added Bailey, who was also runner-up in the men's doubles after a deciding match tie-break in the final.
"After Sweden I said I wanted to end the year around the top 40 and I'm on course to do that, so hopefully I can pick up some points in Bath next month and then try and defend my National title."