Na­tional ti­tle joy for Keith

The Galloway News - - READER TRAVEL -

Wheel­chair ten­nis player Kei­thThom has fi­nally got his hands on the one cham­pi­onship that has eluded him.

Since 2009, Keith has ap­peared in the Scot­tish Na­tional Cham­pi­onship, part of the Na­tional Roma se­ries, on seven oc­ca­sions, reach­ing the sin­gles fi­nal five times only to fin­ish run­ner-up.

De­spite the Dalbeattie player’s long list of cham­pi­onship wins over a 10-year ca­reer, this was the one he was des­per­ate to get his hands on.

This year’s cham­pi­onships were played at the Na­tional Ten­nis Cen­tre, Stir­ling.

With a few of the top play­ers miss­ing, Keith took full ad­van­tage of a weak­ened field and de­liv­ered a solid per­for­mance through­out the week­end.

In the fi­nal match against Neil Dun­can, from Aberdeen, Keith came out of his chair at 4-2 up and lost the abil­ity to se­cure him­self prop­erly due to a belt break which could not be re­paired.

De­spite this, he went on to take the fi­nal set 6-3 and lift the ti­tle.

Keith took a lot of pos­i­tives from his play and felt the tim­ing of this win would boost his con­fi­dence when he goes in to the ITFWrex­ham Open in around two weeks.

Suc­cess Keith Thom with win­ner’s medal

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