Alex Jewitt secured the outstanding result on the opening day of the Nottingham Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament beating Frederic Cazeadumec of France in straight sets to move into the men’s singles second round.
British No. 4 Jewitt, who is the world No. 40, put in a brilliant performance to defeat world No. 22 Cazeaudumec, 6-4, 6-3 to set up a contest against Poland’s Tadeusz Kruszelnicki.
“I’ve lost to him twice before and haven’t played particularly well, but it’s a while since we played each other and I made the most of my opportunities today, so I’m delighted,” said Jewitt.
Elsewhere, there were few surprises, with British No. 3 Marc McCarroll adding to the domestic success after a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Italy’s Luca Spano.
With the men’s top eight seeds all having first round byes, British No. 2 David Phillipson, seeded eighth, will begin his campaign against Poland’s Albin Batycki. Batycki defeated Dermot Bailey 6-7, 7-5, 6-3 in one of the matches of the day. Meanwhile, British No. 1 Gordon Reid will play South Africa’s Sydwell Mathonsi in his opening match.
All three top ranked Brits comfortably reached the quarter-finals of the women’s singles, with British No. 1 Lucy Shuker and British No. 2 Jordanne Whiley both opening their campaigns without dropping a game. Defending champion Whiley will now face doubles partner Shuker in the last eight.
British No. 3 Louise Hunt, who has won four titles in the last two weeks, defeated reigning Junior Masters champion Angelica Bernal of Colombia 6-2, 6-4 to progress.