Defending champion Joachim Gerard (ITF 7) Wednesday, his first team contest at the Masters wheelchair tennis (hard court) in the British Loughborough won. Gérard counted in group A after one hour and 44 minutes in two sets (6-3 and 7-5) with the home player Gordan Reid (ITF 4), a reissue of the finals last year.
The 29-year-old Gérard won the past two years, the Masters and is also this year started well. Last year conquered the Walloon-Brabant won the bronze at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Gérard plays Thursday its second groepspartij against the Argentinean number one of the world’s Gustavo Fernandez. Friday following the last poulewedstrijd against Frenchman Nicolas Nicolai (ITF 5).
Group B consists of the Brit Alfie Hewett (ITF 3), the Frenchman Stephane Houdet (ITF 2), Swede Stefan Olsson (ITF 6) and the Japanese Shingo Kunieda (ITF 8). The two first placed players in each group punches through to the semi-finals.