Ickenham star Marc McCarroll was part of the Great Britain’s men’s wheelchair tennis team (pictured) who secured a historic first World Group title at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup in Antalya, Turkey.
Debutant Alfie Hewett, 17, and Gordon Reid gained straight sets wins in their singles rubbers to give Great Britain a 2-0 victory over France to win Britain’s first gold medal in the World Group in 30 years of World Team Cup participation.
Team GB ends the International Tennis Federation’s flagship wheelchair tennis team event, the sport’s version of the Davis and Fed Cups, with two medals after the GB women’s team won bronze on Friday with a 2-0 win over Germany.
Last year Reid, McCarroll and David Phillipson, three-quarters of this year’s team, won GB’s first men’s bronze medal since 1989, again captained by Karen Ross.
“It’s been a great team effort,” said McCarroll, who partnered Phillipson to complete victory for Great Britain over Belgium earlier in the week en-route to the semi-finals.
“Gordon and Alfie both stepped up today and performed really well. We couldn’t have done this week without the help and support of the Tennis Foundation, UK Sport and the National Lottery. A massive thank you and well done also to Karen, who has captained the team to make history this week. It has been such an honour representing our country at this brilliant event.”
British number two McCarroll was last night (Tuesday) set to compete in the ITF 1 Series Korea Open.
Meanwhile, McCaroll’s fellow Ickenham star Jordanne Whiley, who is now competing at the French Open, teamed up with Lucy Shuker and Louise Hunt to clinch their sixth medal in seven years in the women’s World Group, winning bronze after beating Germany 2-0.