Marc McCarroll made a glorious return to the scene of his first international title at the weekend.

Five and a half years after winning his first international title in Tel Aviv, the Ickenham star  was back and bang in form as he won both the men’s singles and men’s doubles titles at the Israel Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships.
 
He now bids for further success at this week’s Atlanta Open in the USA.

“To come back to the city where I won my first international main draw title in 2007 and win my first ITF 2 singles title is something quite special,” said McCarroll, whose victory over Phillipson was his fist in six attempts on the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

“It’s been a great week and quite a nostalgic week and to leave with both the singles and doubles titles is very satisfying and I can take this form with me to Atlanta.”
 
The Harrow-born top seed dropped just three games against Israeli players in his first two matches and then came from 4-2 down in his semi-final against third seed Piotr Jaroszewski of Poland to win 6-4, 6-0.
 
McCarroll needed another comeback in today’s all-British men’s singles final against second seed David Phillipson, recovering from 5-2 down in the deciding set and saving two match points to beat his doubles partner 7-5, 3-6, 7-5.
 
After a first round bye the top seeds McCarroll and Phillipson reached the doubles final for the loss of just four games and then produced another confident effort to beat Polish second seeds Kamil Fabisiak and Piotr Jaroszewski 6-3, 6-4 to claim one of four titles in Tel Aviv this week for players on the Tennis Foundation’s Wheelchair Tennis Performance Programme.