National Wheelchair Tennis Championships 

2nd edition 22-25 April 2013 

The National Paralympic Committee together with the Romanian Federation of Tennis and with the sponsorship of the International Federation of Tennis organised the 2nd edition of the National Wheelchair Tennis competition at the National Centre of Tennis in Bucharest. The results were as follows:


1. Anton Ciprian (Showtime)

2. Gaita Mihai (CS Lamont)

3. Punga Petre (Brasov)


1. Anton C./Punga P. (Showtime/ Brasov)

2. Gaita M./Filisan I. (CS Lamont)

3. Filip G./ Epure G. (Motivation)

The Lamont Centre now has three members playing wheelchair tennis, Mihia Gaita, Ionut Filisan and Flavius Craciun all training with Roxana Vlase in Bucharest. This is the first year of a 4 year programme with the aim of qualifying 1or 2 players for Rio de Janeiro.



Arcotel -Rezidencija Croatia Tournament

 Zagreb 6-9 July 2013


In this tournament athletes from 11 countries took part. Mihai Gaita and Ionut Filisan represented Romania. Mihai played in the 2nd Draw with Imad Mousaid from Morocco ( ranked 533) a match which he won 6-3, 6-0. In the sem-final he lost to Manuel Zorzetto (Italy) ranked 354, 1-6,5-7 . In the doubles with Ionut Filisan their opponents were Ninoslav KRSNIK (Croatia) / Jozo MILOS (Croatia) and lost 0-6,1-6.


Zagreb Open 12-14 July 2013

Because Mihai had won some points in the earlier tournament, he entered the Main Draw. As always there are two sections to a tennis tournament; the first 16-18 in International ranking go into the Main Draw while those not qualifying for that are automatically placed in the Second Draw. His first match was against Guido Nespethal (Germany) ranked 202,  Which he lost 1-6,0-6 and automatically qualified for the Consolation Draw where he was drawn against Ionut Filisan (Romania) ranked 466, a match which he won 6-3,6-2 . In the semi-final he met with Ayoub Ettali (Morocco) ranked 161,  a match he lost 0-6 , 0-6. In the doubles with Ionut Filisan, their first match  was against Dan Kleckner(Austria)/Robinson Mendez(Chile) which they lost  in two straight sets, 0-6, 0-6.


Return Cup Budapest 19-21 July 2013

Mihai played in the Second Draw , the first match being against Gyorgy Bovier (Hungary) a match he won 6-2,6-2. In the semi-final he met with Janos Mezes (Hungary) ranked 606, a match won, 6-0,6-1. The final was against  Ninoslav Krsnik (Croatia) and Mihai  won this7-5,6-1, giving him his first win in an international tournament.


I would like to thank Lamont Sports Club, Sally Wood Lamont and Roxana Vlase, my trainer,  for their support and belief in me. Before these three tournaments I was ranked 600 in the international rating lists but now have climbed to number 366 which represents a very good performance and will help me to realise my objective to qualify for Rio 2016”.