Field takes a few risks to land back to back titles

Adam Field
Adam Field

Adam Field scooped his second quad singles and doubles titles of the season at last week’s Northern Counties Wheelchair Tennis Tournament in Sunderland.

The Eastbourne wheelchair tennis played remained unbeaten after Britain’s first two world ranking events of the 2012 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

Just days after winning the North West Challenge at South Ribble Tennis Centre near Preston, the 25-year-old Sussex player found equal success on the opposite side of the country as he eased past Liam O’Reilly 6-2, 6-0 to set up second successive title decider against fellow Brit Antony Cotterill.

Field had dominated the third and final set against Cotterill at the North West Challenge.

He was determined not to be taken to a deciding set this time and clinched another hard fought contest 6-4, 7-6(0) to claim the third international singles title of his career.

A delighted Field said, “After finishing the North West Challenge against Antony with a 6-0 third set I wanted to start Sunderland in the same way.

“I was a bit tight in the first set and was pushing the ball rather than hitting through it, so decided I had to step up and start taking a few more risks.”

“I’m glad I finished it in straight sets and it’s been a good start to the season. I hope I can keep it going now when I go overseas.”

Field also claimed the quad doubles title in Sunderland as he and Cotterill defeated John Irving and Liam O’Reilly 6-0, 6-1 to add to their North West Challenge title.

After spending the next five weeks on a training block Field, a member of the Tennis Foundation’s Wheelchair Tennis Performance Programme, will return to the NEC Tour towards the end of April when he is scheduled to contest two tournaments in South Africa.