TEN­NIS PLAY­ERS CEL­E­BRATE

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JOR­DANNE Whi­ley is des­per­ate to use her suc­cess at the 2014 Bri­tish Wheel­chair Ten­nis Awards as a spring­board for tri­umph next year.

She won Fe­male Player of the Year, Play­ers’ Player of the Year and the Jim Cochrane Award at the cer­e­mony in Glouces­ter last week, in recog­ni­tion of her out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the game, after be­com­ing the first Bri­tish player to com­plete a cal­en­dar year Grand Slam.

The player from Ick­en­ham said: “I have to keep pinch­ing my­self, but I want to do it all again in 2015 and I want to win my first Grand Slam sin­gles ti­tle.”

Whi­ley, who is likely to com­plete 2014 with a ca­reer best year-end rank­ing of num­ber five, had the fe­male player trophy col­lected by fel­low Ick­en­ham wheel­chair ten­nis star Marc McCar­rol, and her fa­ther, Keith, ac­cepted the play­ers’ player ac­co­lade on her be­half, be­cause she and her Grand Slam-win­ning dou­bles part­ner, Yui Kamiji, were at Wim­ble­don re­ceiv­ing a spe­cial award from the Lawn Ten­nis Writ­ers As­so­ci­a­tion. She trav­elled to Glouces­ter the fol­low­ing day to re­ceive the Jim Cochrane Award.

Eastcote’s Andy Lapthorne picked up the men’s Player of the Year, and joined Antony Cot­ter­ill and Jamie Bur­dekin to col­lect the Team of the Year award, fol­low­ing their suc­cess in the World Team Cup in May.

Lapthorne, who stormed to vic­tory over Cot­ter­ill in the men’s quad sin­gles fi­nal at the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships ear­lier this month, went on to win the quad dou­bles with his part­ner James Shaw – they over­came Richard Green and Ian Payne in the fi­nal.

“It’s al­ways nice to end the year as na­tional cham­pion and ’ve won the last three quad sin­gles events at he na­tion­als, so it’s a great way to go into Christ­mas. “It was also re­ally ice to part­ner James o the dou­bles win and his first na­tional ti­tle. It’s great to see new play­ers com­ing through, es­pe­cially new quad play­ers as we build beyond Rio to­wards Tokyo.”

Con­trib­uted

n TWO OF THE BEST: Jor­danne Whi­ley re­ceiv­ing the Jim Cochrane Award; (in­set) Andy Lapthorne ac­cepts the Player of the Year award

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