Wales has two new tennis champions. 

Doubles partners Kevin Lewis from Llandrindod in Powys and Tony Heslop of Swansea have stormed to gold at the UK National Wheelchair Tennis Championships in Shrewsbury.

The event was the culmination of a series of national level events with some of the best UK players battling it out to become champions.

Lewis and Heslop teamed up to win the men’s doubles title.

Lewis said: “To be able to hold our nerve in such tough situations was a real positive to take away from the tournament.

“I received so much positive feedback on my own progression from other players and I think this shows how much the performance training I now have access to through Geraint Richards and Tennis Wales is making a difference to my game.”

Commenting on the success, Geraint Richards, who Tennis Wales work with to deliver the Wheelchair National Performance Programme, said: “I’m really delighted that players from Wales have seen success at the LTA Wheelchair Tennis National Finals 2021.

“It is a fitting reward for the hard work that the players have put in during training throughout the summer and autumn months.

“Kevin and Tony winning the doubles title is fantastic, especially after saving four match points in the deciding tie-break.

“The support of Tennis Wales has been vital to the players’ development and growth and with this support we can look forward to even more success for Welsh Wheelchair Tennis players in 2022.”

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