19 January 2019
Lapthorne and Reid miss out in Melbourne
Andy Lapthorne and Gordon Reid will now turn their attention to next week’s Australian Open after narrowly missing out on silverware on the final day of Melbourne Wheelchair Tennis Open.
Rain on Friday ensured a packed schedule on Saturday in Melbourne, with Reid going for glory in the men’s doubles and Lapthorne well-placed in the quad singles.
Rio 2016 Paralympic silver medallist Lapthorne had accrued three victories from three games earlier in the week to set up a winner-takes-all match for the title against David Wagner in the final fixture of the round-robin.
Top seed Wagner maintained his own perfect record by beating Koji Sugeno 6-2 6-0 earlier in the day and came out firing against the Brit.
The American took the first set 6-0 before edging a tighter second set 7-5 for his second straight Melbourne Open crown.
Gordon Reid missed out on a second men's doubles title in as many weeks
Meanwhile Reid and Argentine partner Gustavo Fernandez – who took the Bendigo Open crown last week – missed the chance of back-to-back titles as they fell at the semi-final stage of the men’s doubles.
A see-saw last-four clash against third seeds Joachim Gerard and Stefan Olsson saw Reid and Fernandez race to the first set 6-1 before the Belgian-Swedish duo forced a decider by taking the second set 6-0.
Some high-quality tennis saw Gerard and Olsson win the champion’s tiebreak 10-7 and they went on to beat French top seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer 6-3 7-6 in the final.
Attention now turns to the first grand slam of the year – the Australian Open – which gets underway on Wednesday.
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