Top deaf tennis players head to Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 09:14 03 May 2013 | UPDATED: 09:14 03 May 2013

WELWYN Garden City is hosting the National Deaf Tennis Championships this weekend, writes Sam Glanz.

The annual tournament will take place at Gosling Sports Park, with men’s and women’s singles and doubles events as well as a junior competition.

Four former men’s singles champions and three former women’s singles champions are among the field of 18 players that will take to the court on Saturday morning.

Last year’s winners were husband and wife duo Lewis and Catherine Fletcher who, between them, secured the men’s and women’s titles before going on to clinch both doubles competitions with their respective partners and then the mixed doubles as a pair.

Organised by the Tennis Foundation, the National Championships are a highlight of the deaf tennis calendar and give experienced and up-and-coming players a chance to compete side by side.

This year’s Championships will also see members of the national deaf tennis squad looking to put in eye-catching performances ahead of selection for the Great Britain team that will travel to the Deaflympics in Sofia, Bulgaria this summer.

Entry for spectators this weekend is free.

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