Cox realises another ambition after receiving the call to represent Great Britain

Chelveston’s three-time wheelchair tennis quad singles national champion Gary Cox realised another career ambition last week after answering a call up from the LTA to make his Great Britain debut.
Watch more of our videos on Shots! 
and live on Freeview channel 276
Visit Shots! now

With two British players ranked above him contending with injuries and unable to play at the sport’s World Team Cup European Qualification, Cox was asked to join a three-main team for the event in Antalya, Turkey and ended three days of competition having played four matches for his country.

“As soon as I got the call from the LTA I snapped up the opportunity just like that,” said Cox, who started playing wheelchair tennis seven years ago.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

“It’s been one of my goals ever since I took up wheelchair tennis, so it’s ticked off the bucket list and now I've got my LTA Colour Holder status that's something that no one can take away from me, whether it happens again in the future or not.”

Gary CoxGary Cox
Gary Cox

After supporting his teammates Richard Green and Greg Slade on the opening day of competition, Cox was selected for the next two ties against Turkey and Italy and came agonisingly close to his first win for his country as Great Britain faced Italy in a tie lasting nine hours.

“Friday was such an epic day. We just needed a little bit of luck to turn around all three matches,” added Cox, who won his first set in a Great Britain top before eventually losing out to Italy’s Mario Alfredo Naselli 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.

“I got a little bit tight when I thought I'd got a chance of winning my first GB match and it was even closer in doubles, when me and Greg lost the deciding match tie-break 11-9, but I’ve learned a lot and all-in-all I think we gave a good account of ourselves.”