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Wheelchair Update: Venos Strikes Twice in April

Thomas Venos (right) holds up his trophy from the ITF Wheelchair event in Plock, Poland.

April was an excellent month on the ITF Wheelchair Tennis Tour for the Canadians, specifically Thomas Venos.  

Over the last 4 weeks, the 24-year-old reached 3 finals, winning 2 of them. His finest outcomes came at an occasion in Villers-lès-Nancy, where he reached both the songs and doubles finals, winning the previous.  

It was a dominant run for Venos in songs, as he did not drop a set on his method to the last. He just lost 7 video games in the very first 5 sets he played. With the title on the line, the New Westminster, BC local had the ability to rally from a set down to declare his very first songs title of the season with a 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 win over home hope Olivier Langlois. 

Venos now has 5 ITF songs titles to his name and has actually won one in every non-COVID-affected season considering that 2019. 

Thomas Venos (left)

The songs last triumph over Langlois was vengeance for the previous day’s doubles last, where Langlois and his partner Yoann Quilliou beat Venos and his Italian partner Francesco Felici in straight sets. The Canadian-Italian set had actually dropped simply 2 video games in 2 matches heading into the last. 

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However, Venos did not need to wait long to raise a doubles prize. The extremely next week in Poland, the Canadian scored his 2nd ITF doubles title of the season at the V Plock Cup. 

Partnering Sergei Lysov of Israel, they ditched into the last by disturbing the top-seeded set of Piotr Jaroszewski and Enrique Siscar Meseguer 11-9 in the match tiebreak in the semifinals. 

In the championship, Venos and Lysov once again needed to fight, this time holding back the second-seeded group of Jakub Dominik Bukala and Kamil Fabisiak 10-6 in the match tiebreak to get their hands on the prize. 

Read likewise: Arseneault, Dong Doube-Up at Home

The 24-year-old depends on 8 profession ITF doubles titles, having actually won 2 each year in 2018, 2019, 2023 and now 2024. His initially title of the season can be found in Peru back in March. 

McIntire Makes It Two 

Venos was not the only Canadian to raise a prize over the last month on the ITF Wheelchair Tour. 

Mitch McIntire got his 2nd quad doubles title of the season at the Biel-Bienne Indoors in Switzerland. Playing along with Shraga Weinberg of Israel, McIntire travelled to the title with the loss of simply 2 video games.  

Earlier in the year, McIntire won the Arizona Open which extended his ITF doubles titles streak to 3 years. The win in Switzerland brings him approximately 8 overall profession ITF doubles titles. 


The ITF Wheelchair Tour made a drop in Canada last month for the Premier Racquet Club Wheelchair Classic in Markham, ON. 

Two Canadians were crowned champ on home soil: Gary Luker in the quad songs and John Chen in the junior songs. 

John Chen (left) and Frederique Berube Perron.

Luker went unbeaten in the quad occasion, which included a four-player round robin. He lost an overall of simply 8 video games in his 3 matches to win his very first ITF songs title considering that 2019 and 10th in general. 

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The junior draw was likewise a round robin, this time with simply 3 gamers, and Chen was a cut above, winning all 4 sets he bet fellow Canadians Frederique Berube Perron and Lachlan Sandford to declare the title. 

Anne-Marie Dolinar reached the last of the ladies’s songs occasion however turned up simply short in the last versus front runner Maria Fernanda Alves of Brazil. 

Anne-Marie Dolinar (right) and Maria Fernanda Alves.

Here is the complete list of winners from the ITF Markham occasion: 

Men’s Champion(s) Women’s Champion(s)
Singles Jose Pablo Gil (CRC) Maria Fernanda Alves (BRA)
Doubles Jose Pablo Gil (CRC)/
Conner Stroud (U.S.A.)
Maria Fernandez Aves (BRA)/
Valeria Valverde (CRC)
Quad Gary Luker (CAN) Mixed occasion
Junior (combined) John Chen (CAN) Mixed occasion

Road to Paris 

With simply over 3 months to precede the start of the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris, up until now Rob Shaw is the only Canadian to have actually punched their ticket.  

Read likewise: Shaw Wins Biggest Title of his Career in Japan

Venos’ strong month kept his hopes of receiving Paris alive. While he sits a variety of ranking areas back of the certifying zone at No. 56, less than 100 points different him and the Top 32, which would put in him place for the Paralympics. 

Natalia Lanucha, the leading Canadian female in the rankings, is much further away from certifying, presently sitting at No. 44 (the Top 20 certify immediately) with over 400 points in between her and the certifying zone. 


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