South African wheelchair tennis champ Lucas Sithole and doubles partner Dylan Alcott, seeded second, caused a major upset on Friday as they toppled America’s defending champions and top seeds, David Wagner and Greg Hasterok 7-5 6-2 in the final round of the 2015 Japan Open, the third Super Series event on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour 2015. This is the first time that Sithole and Alcott managed to defeat Wagner in a doubles final at any international event and it is the second Super Series doubles title for both Alcott and Sithole for the 2015 season. In the Quads Singles event Alcott ended the title defence of South Africa’s world number four Lucas Sithole as the Australian second seed continued his first visit to the Japan Open with a 6-2 6-2 victory in the semi-final round on Thursday.
Despite having played each other yesterday, the duo joined forces to face the top seeds and emerged victorious. Sithole says: ‘I was hoping to take the singles title again but I am excited that my partner Dylan and I were able to clinch the doubles title.’ The world number four quads player is now off to represent the country in the prestigious 2015 BNP Paribas World Team Cup in Turkey from 25-31 May.
Sithole will be joined by Kgothatso Montjane, Evans Maripa, Leon Els, Mariska Venter, Bongani Dlamini, Marshall Marsh, Thando Hlatshwayo and Danny Mohlamonyane in the International Tennis Federation (ITF)’s flagship wheelchair tennis team event.
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