Field ends doubles year on high note

Adam Field
Adam Field

Eastbourne’s wheelchair tennis player Adam Field is hoping 2012 can be his best year yet after ending 2011 with a place in his third doubles final of the year.

He also ends 2011 with a quad singles world top 20 ranking for the fifth time in six seasons.

The 25-year-old partnered fellow Briton Antony Cotterill to the quad doubles final at the Prague Cup Czech Indoor, an ITF 3 Series tournament on the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, the second seeds making a remarkable comeback to win their semi-final against Sweden ‘s Anders Hard and Marcus Jonsson 1-6, 6-4, (10-8).

A second doubles title of the year eluded Field and Cotterill after they slipped to a 6-4, 6-1 loss to Italian top seeds Marco Innocenti and Giuseppe Polidori.

However, it’s Field’s experience in a tense quarter-final loss to Cotterill that he believes will stand him in good stead for future contests. Field was a set and 5-2 up and had six match points before Cotterill prevailed 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.

“It took me a few days to get over that, it hurt for a bit,” said Field, one of 20 players, along with Cotterill, on the Tennis Foundation’s Wheelchair Tennis Performance Programme.

“I’d worked hard to put myself in such a good position, but just couldn’t get that one final point.

“But I’ll try and turn it into a positive, learn from it and make sure the same thing doesn’t happen again.”

Field and Cotterill’s first doubles final of the season was at the Wroclaw Cup in Poland, an event they went on to win, while Field narrowly missed out on retaining his quad singles title after a straight sets loss in the final to Israel’s Boaz Kramer.

Field also lost out to Kramer in the semi-finals of his first tournament of the season, the Israel Open, in April, but believes his best performance of the year came against the Israeli world No. 13 in a 6-7(5), 6-3, 5-7 loss to the at September’s Sardinia Open.

“I had a delayed start to 2011 after rehab for an injury, but when I played Boaz in Sardinia I played the kind of attacking tennis I’d been aiming for in my four previous tournaments since April.

“I was in similar form in Prague after a bit of a defensive start, but maybe I just got too defensive on the crucial points against Antony.

Either way, I will be working on playing an attacking game in training in the next couple of months.”

Field is supported by the David Lloyd centre in Eastbourne for his on-court training time with long-time local coach Steph Trill and approaches 2012 aiming for a seasonal bow at the North West Challenge in Preston, Britain’s first world ranking tournament of the year, in February. He then intends to play his first overseas tournament in Italy at the end of March.

“David Lloyd have been so supportive this year with the membership they’ve given to me and it makes a huge difference, so I’m really thankful to them,” said Field, who has visited nine countries in his quest to rise up the rankings in 2011.

“I’ve also just got together with a new strength and conditioning coach based at the University of Brighton, which will hopefully help me keep me injury-free and I can aim to make 2012 my best season yet.”