Uckfield can proudly boast a new international sporting champion.
Chris Baily has won the men’s B3 singles title at the inaugural International Blind Tennis Tournament, held in Alicante, Spain.
After making it through his round-robin pool without dropping a game, Chris won his semi-final against Ireland’s Willem Roode. In a fast-paced and energetic match, both players produced some fantastic shots at key times in one of the best matches of the tournament.
Then, Chris defeated Poland’s Grzegorz Korpinski after a deciding match tie-break in the final. After a nervy first set, the Uckfield player settled in the second set, moving his opponent from side to side to win some long rallies. Chris was always ahead in the match tie-break and he completed his historic win on his own serve to become Great Britain’s first ever champion in international blind tennis competition.
Chris, who plays locally at the Maresfield Lawn Tennis Club, has a condition which means his eyesight is gradually deteriorating. Last year, he won a title in the National Visually Impaired Championships.