Australian Open 2024: Andy Lapthorne & David Wagner crowned quad doubles champions
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Andy Lapthorne and David Wagner are the new Australian Open wheelchair quad doubles champions with an impressive win over Donald Ramphadi and Guy Sasson.
The British, American duo got their hands on the first Grand Slam title of the season with a 6-4, 3-6, 10-2 victory in their second match of the day on the Margaret Court Arena.
For British No.1 Lapthorne, this was his 15th Grand Slam title of his career and sixth at Melbourne Park.
“I lost my uncle about three or four days before I came out here, so this win is for him,” said an emotional Lapthorne after the match.
“Big thanks to David for playing with me. It’s 10 years this week since we won the first one and somehow we’ve managed to do it again.”
Andy Lapthorne & David Wagner Australian Open results
- Final: won vs Donald Ramphadi (RSA, world No.5) & Guy Sasson (ISR, world No.4) 6-4, 3-6, 10-2
- Semi-finals: won vs Heath Davidson (AUS, world No.4) & Robert Shaw (CAN, junior world No.5) (seeded 2) 6-2, 6-2
- Quarter-finals: won vs Ali Ataman (TUR, world No.28) & Ymanitu Silva (BRA, world No.7) 6-0, 6-1
Having knocked out second seed Heath Davidson and Robert Shaw 6-3, 6-2 earlier in the day, Lapthorne and Wagner got off to the perfect start – taking a 5-1 lead in the first set before breaking Sasson to seal a one set advantage.
Ramphadi and Sasson were competing in only their second tournament together but came in undefeated after winning the Melbourne Wheelchair Open recently.
In the second set, the duo caught form and Ramphadi looked to be enjoying himself out on court, showcasing the skills that took him and Lapthorne to the Roland Garros title last year.
A break and a hold midway through the second set gave them the platform they needed to push the now nine-time major champions to a deciding match tie-break.
However, Lapthorne and Wagner weren’t about to let the title slip away and the duos experience shone through in the tie-break. They won six successive points to stretch to a 9-1 lead before closing it out on their second championship point.