Canadian Philippe Bedard helped his bid to qualify for the Rio Paralympic Games over the weekend by clinching the Puerto Rico Open, an ITF Futures Series tournament.
Defeating local competitor Hector Maldonado 6-0, 6-0 in the final, Bedard captured his first singles title of the season. The 34-year-old, who participated in London 2012, also was near-flawless in the semifinals, winning 6-1, 6-0 over American Chris Herman.
“I came here well prepared,” Bedard said. “We had great weeks of training in Montreal. Many thanks to my coach Sebastien and my gym trainer Matt. I knew the importance of this tournament and I did very well. I played two perfect matches to win the tournament. This feels amazing.”
Currently ranked world No. 40, the victory should move Bedard closer to the Top 34, which would guarantee him a place in the Paralympics. The ranking cut-off date is May 23, with Bedard hoping to play one more ITF event before then.