Sweden Wins at Invacare World Team Cup

13 May 2010 By IPC

Wheelchair Tennis athletes from Sweden gave their team the win in the Men’s World Group One final standings as the Invacare World Team Cup came to a close in Antalya, Turkey.

Taking place from 3-9 May, Sweden won against the Netherlands in the Main Draw 2-1, giving the Netherlands second place. For third and fourth places, France played Great Britain, with French athletes taking the win 2-1. For the Men’s World Group Two, Columbia won against Argentina 2-1.

One of the highlights was Sweden’s Stefan Olsson against the Netherlands’ Maikel Scheffers, where the battle on the court began with Scheffers winning the first set 7-5. Olsson came back to win, taking the second and third sets 6-2, 6-2.

In the Women’s World Group, the Netherlands beat Japan 2-0, giving them first place. Competing for third and fourth place were Thailand and Great Britain, with athletes from Thailand giving them the win 2-1.

For the Quads World Group, USA took first, followed by Israel and Sweden respectively. In the Juniors World Group, the Netherlands took first, followed by Spain and Australia respectively.

The 2010 Invacare World Team Cup has become an exciting addition to the Wheelchair Tennis programme in Turkey, which has grown considerably since the country first benefitted from the launch of an ITF Silver Fund programme in 2007. Turkey went on to be represented at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, before making its Invacare World Team Cup debut in 2009. The country also hosted its first world ranking wheelchair tournaments last year.