Martin Perry and Jack Stockdale both picked up bronze medals at the PTT Costa Brava Open in Platja D’Aro, Spain today, in the men’s class 6 and men’s class 10 singles respectively.
Perry pushed the World number one Alvaro Valera all the way in their semi-final which the Spaniard won 3-1.
“I feel like I’ve had a very mature head these past two weeks,” said Perry, who won singles bronze and team gold in Italy last week and is self-funding to compete in Spain. “I’ve tried to be as disciplined as possible with my game plans and I feel it has really paid off. I’ve had some really good wins and some improved performances from Italy and my match with Valera was incredibly tight. He’s such a clever and experienced player who I have nothing but respect for and I think my coaching team and I approached the match with the correct tactics; it just wasn’t to be today. I’m really happy to have won singles bronze medals in Spain and Italy and I just want to thank everyone – UK Sport, BPTT and individual sponsors – for their support. It’s great to start the season so well and I’m really looking forward to what lies ahead.”
Stockdale also lost nothing in defeat to Jorge Cardona, the Spanish World number 11, in three close sets in their the semi-final.
“I’m very happy to have got to the semi-finals,” said Stockdale, “especially getting out of a group with two higher ranked players. I had several chances against Cardona that I didn’t take so there are improvements to be made but it is a nice feeling to get a medal. Overall I’m very happy with the progress I’ve made and how I played.”