Polish doubles title for Paralympian Maripa


South Africa’s leading wheelchair tennis men’s player Evans Maripa and French doubles partner Frederic Cattaneo defeated Stefanos Diamantis of Greece and Poland’s Tadeusz Kruszelnicki to clinch the Plock Orlen Polish Open men’s doubles title in Poland at the weekend. Paralympian Maripa and Cattaneo claimed a long and entertaining men’s double final. The first set alone took 80 minutes, with the seventh game proving to be the longest after featuring 11 deuces, a total of 28 points and a succession of marathon rallies. By the end of the set Cattaneo and Maripa and their opponents had played 144 points. After two hours of play the French-South African top seeds edged to a 7-6 (4) 6-4 victory. The 26-year-old Maripa lost in the quarter-final round in the singles event to world No21 Kamil Fabisiak 2-6 6-3 6-7 (2) from Poland. Maripa took an early lead to secure the opening set and after going down in the second set, the Limpopo star rebounded strongly in the deciding set but was overpowered by the Polish former world number 16. Maripa’s win at the International Tennis Federation (ITF) level 2 event which forms part of the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour is his third doubles title this season.