Noam Gershony 311.
(photo credit: Nimrod Bichler)
Israel’s Noam Gershony recorded a dramatic comeback on Friday, winning the
prestigious NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters in Mechelen, Belgium, beating Great
Britain’s Andrew Lapthorne 0-6, 6-3, 7-5 in the quad singles
Gershony, who was wounded during the Second Lebanon War while
serving as a combat helicopter pilot, beat the top two seeds – Maikel Scheffers
of the Netherlands and Stephane Houdet of France – to reach the final.
couldn’t understand how I had lost the first set so quickly, and thought it
would be embarrassing if I lost 6-0, 6-0 in front of all these people, but
thankfully his level dropped in the second set and I was able to take advantage
of that,” said world number 3 Gershony, who collected a check for $5,000 for his
“This is all new to me as it is my first win in a major final
outside of the Super Series events and my first NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters,
so to be champion feels quite strange, but I am very, very happy.”