Wheelchair tennis from the Aussie Open

Sporting Agenda’s very own Andy Lapthorne came within a whisker of adding a sixth Australian Open title to his growing list of successes, as he and his American partner David Wagner lost out on a third set tie-break in the quad wheelchair doubles final to the all Australian pairing of Alcott and Davidson. Played in what must have been extreme heat, this was a superb effort and will no doubt spur Andy on to even greater things over the coming months as his first opportunity to play at Wimbledon approaches. Meanwhile, the all British pairing of Alfie Hewitt and Gordon Reid made it to the men’s wheelchair doubles semi-finals in Melbourne, as did Lucy Shuker in the women’s wheelchair doubles, before losing on a tie break. All in all, a pretty impressive effort.