It was a successful weekend for Canadian wheelchair tennis players at the Kamloops Legacy Games in British Columbia. Rob Shaw won his first ITF title at the inaugural ITF Futures wheelchair tennis tournament in Kamloops on Sunday.
Shaw (North Bay, ON) captured the quad division title after defeating fellow Canadian Adam Frost in straight sets 6-0, 6-1. He advanced to the final without dropping a set.
“It was a good day at the office,” Shaw said. “It’s nice to finally get that first tournament win even if it’s at a smaller tournament. My strokes were much better than in Vancouver so I’m looking forward to my training in August.”
In the men’s singles, Joel Dembe (Toronto, ON) captured the title in the warm-up event leading up to the TO2015 Parapan Am Games. No. 1 seed Dembe defeated Chris Herman of the United States 7-6(4), 6-4 to come out on top.
“Chris gave me quite the challenge today on court,” Dembe said. “He possesses all the tools to become one of the elite players of our sport. Luckily for me, those tools haven’t quite fully developed yet and I was able to get the win and some extra confidence going into the Parapan Am Games. Many thanks to Holly, Steve, and the entire team here at Kamloops for organizing a great event!”
The Kamloops Legacy Games took place at the Kamloops Tennis Centre in British Columbia from July 24 to 26. Full tournament draws and results can be found here.