27 July 2019

Lapthorne comes up short in British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships final

Andy Lapthorne couldn’t find a way past 16-year-old Dutchman Niels Vink in the Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships final, falling 7-5 3-6 6-2 in a hard-fought contest.

After an excellent summer of tennis, including a huge win in the Wimbledon doubles final and another final in the singles, Lapthorne came into the contest in a rich vein of form.

Unfortunately, the Dutch prodigy Vink was not to be beaten in in Nottingham.

Vink just edged the first set in a thrilling start to the clash, but Lapthorne came back fighting, showing fantastic resilience to claim the second set and set up a tense finale. But Vink finished strongly, proving too clinical for Lapthorne after some wonderful tennis.

In the end it was not to be this year for Lapthorne, but another strong showing in a final to add to his sparkling resume. As for Vink, the sky is the limit for the supremely talented youngster.

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