Posted: Tue, 19 Dec 2017 14:30
Harborough District Council Go Gold Athlete and Desford Lawn Tennis Clubs, Matthew Chilvers was invited to the NEC Wheel Chair Masters tournament, at Loughborough University on Sunday 3rd December. Great Britain's Alfie Hewett, Gordon Reid, Lucy Shuker and Andy Lapthorne were amongst a star-studded list of 22 players from 11 different nations who had qualified to take part in the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters – the season finale to the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis World Tour.
Matt was invited to undertake the coin toss at the start of the women's final to determine who had the choice of serve. Diede de Groot (Holland) decided to serve and brought the curtain down on the 2017 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters with a 7-5, 6-4 win over world No. 1 Yui Kamiji of Japan in the women's singles final.
This was a great end to 2017 as two weeks ago Matt was presented with Harborough District Councils "Disabled Sports Star of the Year" award. During 2017 in the Learning Disabilities Regional series events Matt entered, he has always been placed in the top three of his group and at the Midland Region event Matt and won gold medals in both singles and doubles. Matt also represented the East Midlands at the SOL National Games at Sheffield where he collected a bronze medal in doubles and finished 4th in singles.
As well as playing tennis, Matt supports his coach at Desford Lawn Tennis Club coaching the junior groups every Saturday morning.
Matt was delighted to undertake the coin toss and thanked the Tennis Foundation for giving him this opportunity to met both players.