Congratulations to Phoebe Suthers and Lewis Fletcher on winning the silver medal for the mixed doubles at the ICSD World Deaf Tennis Championships on Friday.
Suthers and Fletcher, the No.3 seeds, beat Chinese Taipei No.2 seeds Chun-Wei Wang & Chia-Wen Lin 6-2, 7-6(3) in Thursday’s semi-finals to secure their third mixed doubles victory of the week, but were unable to build on a 3-0 first set lead and a 3-1 second set advantage in Friday’s final.
The mixed doubles silver medal on the last day of competition in Crete completes a week when all five members of the Great Britain team came up against top seeds or subsequent medal match contenders in their own quests to reach the podium.
With Great Britian one of more than 20 countries contesting this year’s World Deaf Tennis Championships, the LTA’s Disability Competitions Manager Sophie Hall, Great Britain Team Manager for the 3rd World Deaf Tennis Championships, said:
“Phoebe and Lewis have done incredibly well to repeat their performance of four years ago and but for a few points here and there the outcome could have been very different. We are proud of all five members of the team after a challenging week. The standard of international deaf tennis improves year-on-year and we have a talented and enthusiastic young team of British players, with Phoebe returning from the World Championships as a medallist for the third time after making her debut as a 12-year-old when Britain hosted the first World Deaf Tennis Championships in 2015. We hope that this latest international medal will inspire lots of other young deaf people to pick up a racket and explore their potential through the LTA’s deaf tennis programme.
Full LTA press release here