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US Open Day 13 | A seventh Slam for Andy Lapthorne

US Open Day 13 | A seventh Slam for Andy Lapthorne

Britain’s Andy Lapthorne has been living the American dream when it comes to success on the tennis court recently.

It’s a great feeling getting Grand Slam number seven and I’m over the moon to lift another trophy. Andy Lapthorne

Fresh from doing the double in St Louis, winning both the quad singles and doubles titles in the final Super Series of the year, he’s just added the 2017 US Open quad doubles title to that list.

An achievement that means the World number two now has seven Grand Slam titles to his name.

And he’s not finished yet.

By claiming a straight sets victory over Bryan Barten in his final round-robin match in the singles event at Flushing Meadows he could potentially be on his way to making it an eighth.

 Andy Lapthorne and David Wagner

Together they are a formidable force on the doubles court

Picture © Anna Vasalaki

A winning combination

Partnering the USA’s David Wagner, Lapthorne rounded off day 13 in New York in style, triumphing in straight sets over Dylan Alcott and Bryan Barten 7-5, 6-2 in the quads doubles final.

Lapthorne said: “It’s a great feeling getting Grand Slam number seven and I’m over the moon to lift another trophy.

“It wasn’t the greatest match I’ve ever played but it’s a final and a win’s a win.”

Having also won the US Open USTA Wheelchair Tennis Championships together only a week ago, and at number one and two in the world, the pair are a formidable force when they team up on court together and Lapthorne puts that down to one thing.

He said: “We just combine well. My strengths cover David’s weaknesses and it’s the same the other way round.”

It was a close opening set, the GB-USA duo finally taking it 7-5, leaving them only one set away from the title.

In the second set Lapthorne and Wagner got off to the best start going 2-0 up.

Alcott and Barten then got their first game of the set on the board before the eventual winners went on a three game run to go 5-1 up and only one game away from becoming US Open champions.

Before the match was over however, Alcott and Barten broke but failed to consolidate allowing Lapthorne and Wagner to take the second set, match and title – Lapthorne’s first in doubles at Flushing Meadows, having previously won the singles event in 2014.

 Andy Lapthorne

Lapthorne could also lift the singles title later today

Picture © Anna Vasalaki

Potential to do the double

Earlier in the day Britain’s top quads player booked his place in the singles final after winning his final round-robin match against Barten 7-5. 6-2.

And waiting for him there will be a familiar face, World number one Wagner.

The round-robin, which sees the two players who finish top go head-to-head in the final, ended in a gripping three-way tie between Lapthorne, Wagner and Australia’s Alcott, all three having won two of their matches.

So the number of sets lost by each of them decided it – the British number one and Wagner dropping only two sets compared to Alcott’s three, seeing them progress through and meaning Lapthorne is still on track to do the double at the final Grand Slam of the year.

Speaking about his upcoming singles final he said: “It would be great to win but David is a great champion.

“I’m looking forward to a big match.”

About The Author

Gemma-Louise Stevenson

Gemma is a journalist, presenter and commentator with specialisms in para-sport and tennis. She has been following the wheelchair tennis tour for a number of years now reporting from some of the major events, including Grand Slams, for various online, print and broadcast outlets, including the BBC. Gemma has also been commissioned to write a number of books on the sport. It is her ultimate ambition to see the wheelchair, VI, deaf and learning disability versions of the game reported equally and alongside the ATP and WTA tours and to be part of the group of journalists that helps to make that happen. Follow her on Twitter @gstevensonsport

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