BC athletes competed in every finals event of the 2016 Birmingham Wheelchair Tennis Championships, winning two titles. Yuka Choku came out of semi-retirement to defeat Maude Jacques and claim her 11th women’s singles title. Tara Llanes won her first title by teaming up with Maude Jacques in women’s doubles.
The biggest story of the tournament, however, was 17-year-old Tomas Bourassa, who advanced to his first men’s singles finals with a win yesterday over Jean-Paul Melo. Though Bourassa lost 6-0, 6-0 to Rio 2016 Paralympian Philippe Bedard, he proved that the future of wheelchair tennis in Canada is bright.
Congratulations to all the winners:
Men’s Singles: Philippe Bedard def. Tomas Bourassa
Women’s Singles: Yuka Chokyu def. Maude Jacques
Quad Singles: Rob Shaw def. Sarah Hunter
Men’s Doubles: Philippe Bedard and Jean-Paul Melo def. Tomas Bourassa and Thomas Venos
Women’s Doubles: Maude Jacques and Tara Llanes defeat Megan Smith and Natalia Lanucha
Quad Doubles: Gary Luker and Rob Shaw def. Sarah Hunter and Mitch McIntyre
For today's overall results, click here.
Thank you to Tennis Canada, The Birmingham family, Gerry Kripps Photography, UBC, the City of Vancouver and all of our sponsors for their help in putting on such a great event,