Maripa finished in the top 4 teams at the UNIQLO Doubles Masters
South Africa's no.1 ranked men's wheelchair tennis player, Evans Maripa together with his doubles partner Shingo Kunieda from Japan finished 4th at the 2014 UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Doubles Masters that took place this past weekend at the Marguerite Tennis Pavilion in Mission Viejo, Southern California, 5-9 November.
Maripa and world no 1, Shingo Kunieda (JPN) started there round robin with a confident win over the Brazilian duo of Medeiros and Rodrequez 6-4, 6-0. They won 2 of their 3 round robin matches losing only to the French Open Grand slam winners Joachim Gerard (BEL) and Stephane Houdet (FRA) 3-6, 4-6.
In the semi-finals Maripa and Kunieda faced the winners of pool 2 Jeremiasz (FRA) and Reid (GBR) losing in a closely contested match - 1-6, 6-4, 2-6.
The 3rd and 4th place play off saw Maripa/Kunieda vs Fernandez (ARG) / Peiffer (FRA). It was the very determined team of Fernandez and Peiffer that took 3rd place, beating Maripa and Kunieda 6-1, 6-1.
The Roland Garros champions Gerard and Houdet beat Jeremiaz and Reid 6-4, 6-1 in the finals to win their first Doubles Masters title together and Houdet becoming the first player to win three back-to-back Doubles Masters titles.
WTSA's Director and Coach Holger Losch said: "The men's division is extremely competitive with no shortage of talent. Maripa did well to qualify and finish in the top four teams in his debut appearance at for the UNIQLO World Doubles Masters."
Wheelchair Tennis South Africa and Airports Company South Africa Partnership:
Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has for the 10 years been the official sponsor of Wheelchair Tennis South Africa and the sport of wheelchair tennis. Through the continued sponsorship from Airports Company South Africa WTSA hosts six International Tennis Federation (ITF) tournaments, three National Camps, and grassroot programmes at no less than 50 community centres and schools across South Africa