Gary Luker Wins International Wheelchair Tennis Championship

September 21, 2014

Gary Luker

Canadian Gary Luker came away with the quad title at the Tennis Canada International Wheelchair Tennis Championship at Uniprix Stadium in Montreal on Sunday for a second straight year, going 3-1 in round-robin play and winning seven of the nine sets he played.

Heading into his final match-up against top seed Greg Hasterok of the United States, No. 2 seed Luker needed to win just one set to be crowned champion. Luker entered their duel with a perfect 3-0 record while Hasterok was 2-1 thanks to an earlier 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 loss to Canadian Mika Ishikawa.

Though he ultimately lost 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, his victory in the opening set secured the title for Luker.

“I’m very pleased to have defended my title,” Luker said. “I knew going in that I needed to win one set to take the tournament and the first set was so close with both of our serves being broken every time. I held serve to go up 6-5 which eventually gave me the first set. I was extremely happy with how I battled through that set.”

Hasterok finishes the tournament in second place, with Ishikawa rounding out the podium in third place. The only loss for Ishikawa, who just last week made the final of the Hilton Head Championships in South Carolina, came to countryman Luker, a 6-0, 6-1 defeat after which she said: “Gary played amazing. If he plays like this all the time he can compete with the top guys.”

In other events at the Tennis Canada International Wheelchair Tennis Championships, top-seeded Brit Marc McCarroll came away with the men’s singles title and No. 1 seed Emmy Kaiser of the United States took the women’s singles trophy. 

McCarroll and fellow Brit David Phillipson won the men’s doubles crown, defeating Canadians Philippe Bedard and Joel Dembe 6-2, 6-3 in the final. Ishikawa teamed up with Kaiser in the women’s doubles draw to claim the title as the No. 1 duo.

Source: Tennis Canada