As the annual closing dinner marks the end of the BNP Paribas World Team Cup, Canadian quad team members Sarah Hunter, Rob Shaw, Gary Luker, and Mika Ishikawa can prepare to embark on the 10-plus hour flight back home knowing they accomplished what they set out to do.
Team Canada reached its goal of a top six finish at World Team Cup in an extremely competitive group. If that wasn’t enough to keep the team smiling on the long flight back from Tokyo, they also successfully booked their return ticket for next year’s tournament. Canada’s superb play, highlighted by a phenomenal come-from-behind win against South Africa on Wednesday, has ensured direct entry into the 2017 event in Italy.
Friday’s play-off tie for fifth place was a hard-fought battle against the United States. The U.S. quad team topped Canada 2-1. Sarah Hunter secured the first singles rubber 6-2, 7-6(2) over American Greg Hasterok to give Canada the early 1-0 lead. However, a strong performance by David Wagner of the United States saw him defeat Gary Luker 6-1, 6-1. Canada sent Hunter and Rob Shaw forward to take on Wagner and teammate Nick Taylor in the deciding doubles rubber, but ultimately fell 6-0, 6-2 to the Americans.
Shaw did however see the positives in the event, and credits coach Christian Gringas, manager Kai Schrameyer, and athletic therapist Mara Chaplin.
“Our coaching and support staff have been unbelievable and did an amazing job preparing us and supporting us for this event. I look forward to hitting the gym and courts for more training in hopes of out-performing our sixth-place finish next year.”