MARC McCarroll and Andrew Lapthorne were both making headlines again last weekend on different sides of the English Channel.
Harrow-born McCarroll reached the men's singles final of the Open Cagnes-sur-Mer in France and Pinner ace Lapthorne took part in a demonstration on semi-finals day at the AEGON Championships at The Queen's Club in London.
McCarroll was second seed for his latest event on the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, earning a comfortable 6-1, 6-2 win in his opening match against Frenchman Didier Ferrero and then having a walkover when his scheduled Belgian quarter-final opponent was forced to withdraw.
The Middlesex 24-year-old, now based in Ickenham, needed little time to beat French fourth seed Sebastien Rozier 6-1, 6-1 in the semi-finals and he then made a brilliant start to the final against top seeded Frenchman Francois Xavier Morille. However, McCarroll was not able to sustain his level and Morille came back strongly to take the ITF Futures title 0-6, 6-3, 6-3.
McCarroll and his Moroccan partner Ahmed Jeddi also reached the semi-finals of the men's doubles, but a combination of Morille and Rozier then ended their progress after another three set match, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3.
After spending two weeks as British Number One back in March, McCarroll's world ranking of number 33 this week means that he remains just one place behind Nottinghamshire's current British Number Two David Phillipson.
Last week's traditional pre-Wimbledon grass court highlight at The Queen's Club saw Lapthorne and his training partner, former wheelchair basketball star and TV presenter Ade Adepitan, join their coach, Hillingdon Tennis Academy's Stuart Wilkinson, for an on-court demonstration of training drills.
McCarroll is now in Spain this week for another ITF Futures tournament, while Lapthorne is in the Czech Republic for the ITF 2 Series Czech Open.