Fight­ing fit Ryb ready for world stage

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY JC RE­PORTER

TEN­NIS PAUL Ryb be­lieves su­pe­rior fit­ness lev­els en­abled him to win the Bri­tish Vis­ually Im­paired Ten­nis Cham­pi­onships for the third year in a row.

Ryb, 44, over­came arch ri­val Chris Bai­ley in the fi­nal of the B3-B4 cat­e­gory at the Na­tional Ten­nis Cen­tre in Roe­hamp­ton. This fol­lowed a semi­fi­nal suc­cess over Cal­lum Lock, 18.

He said: “The main rea­son for my vic­to­ries over the last three years, to be hon­est, is fit­ness.

“I do very in­tense one-on-one fit­ness and hand-eye co­or­di­na­tion once a week in a kick­box­ing stu­dio in Gold­ers Green.

“It gets tougher ev­ery year – I get older and the oth­ers get younger. I’m con­vinced that gives me the edge over some of the bet­ter play­ers. The aim is to main­tain that level.”

The vic­tory was Ryb’s fifth in six tour­na­ments this year and he hopes to test him­self against the world’s elite in the c o m i n g months.

“We’re hop­ing it’s go­ing in­ter­na­tional next year,” he said. “The Bri­tish Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion and LTA have pledged that there will be an in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment.

“There are lots of coun­tries play­ing vis­ually im­paired ten­nis now, and next year I hope to de­fend a l l m y ti­tles.”

Meanw h i l e , John Bar­nett cap­tained Herts over-75’s to the Bri­tish Team Cham­pi­onships fol­low­ing a 3-1 vic­tory over the West of Scot­land.

Bar­nett and his part­ner won both their matches.

PHOTO: TEN­NIS FOUN­DA­TION

Paul Ryb

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