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Last updated: 28/11/2023
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Last updated: 28/11/2023
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Get to know Andy Lapthorne
- Date of birth: 11 Oct 1990
- Place of birth: Hammersmith, London
- Lives: Eastcote, Middlesex
- Trains: National Tennis Centre
- Family: One brother
- Likes: General sports fan, but especially football, boxing, mixed martial arts and American sports. West Ham United and Brentford FC fan, Washington NFL, Cardinals MLB, New York Knicks NBA
Competing in the Wheelchair Tennis Masters, Lapthorne missed out on a spot in the final to quad singles world No.1 Niels Vink, 6-2, 6-3.
Heading into the US Open with the hopes of clinching a third title, Lapthorne knocked out third seed Donald Ramphadi 6-2, 6-0 to reach the semi-final, where he will take on top seed Niels Vink.
Meanwhile in the doubles draw, Lapthorne and Ramphadi reached the quad doubles final where they missed out on the silverware to Vink and Sam Schroder in a 6-1, 6-2 defeat.
Lapthorne faced quad world No.1 Niels Vink in the opening round of Wimbledon where he lost out in a 6-1, 6-0 defeat.
Lapthorne teamed up with Donand Ramphadi for the quad doubles at the French Open, where they were crowned champions after a gutsy comeback saw them defeat Heath Davidson and Robert Shaw 1-6, 6-2, 10-3.
The win marks Lapthorne’s second Roland Garros title and adds a 16th Grand Slam trophy to his collection.
Lapthorne was crowned champion of the British Grass Court Wheelchair Tennis Tournament in Eastbourne after overcoming Gregory Slade and Gary Cox in straight sets.
Lapthorne lifted his second quad singles title of the season at the Vendee Open in France - beating Ymanitu Silva 6-1, 6-3. Lapthorne joined forces with Greg Slade in the doubles, but went out in the semi-finals.
Lapthorne and David Wagner saw their Cajun Classic title defence come to an end in the semi-finals after bowing out 6-1, 6-4 against Australia's Heath Davidson and Canada's Robert Shaw.
Lapthorne also reached the quarter-final of the singles event before having to retire.
In February, Lapthorne picked up his third Bolton ITF 2 title, after defeating British No.2 and seventh seed Slade in 6-2, 6-3 victory in the final.
He then went on to team up with Slade for the doubles event, where they finished runners up to top seeds Tomas Masaryk and Ymanitu Silva, 6-0, 3-6, 10-6.
Lapthorne started his year at the Melbourne Open event, where he was defeated by Heath Davidson 6-4, 6-1 in the opening round.
Lapthorne was defeated in the opening rounds of the quad singles and doubles events at the Australian Open.
Lapthorne headed to Oss for the end of year Wheelchair Masters, but was forced to pull out ater his first match with injury.
Lapthorne advanced to the semi-finals of the Abingdon Wheelchair Tennis Tournament after defeating Pakistan’s Asif Abbasi, but eventually exited the tournament after losing to fellow compatriot Andrew Penney 0-6, 7-6(1), 6-2.
Aiming to retain his Wimbledon quad doubles title, Lapthorne and Wagner battled to the final where they eventually finished runners-up to top seeds Sam Schroder and Niels Vink 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-3.
It was sixth time lucky for Lapthorne, who finally got his hands on the British Open quad singles trophy after defeating Australia's Heath Davidson 6-4, 6-3 in the final.
Lapthorne and Wagner finished runners-up in the qud doubles at the French Riviera Open - losing to Sam Schroder and Niels Vink 6-3, 6-3 in the final.
Lapthorne asserted his dominance at Edgbaston Priory Club as he took home his first singles trophy of the season after defeating countryman James Shaw 6-3, 6-1 to the Rothesay Classic title.
Lapthorne, partnering with America’s David Wagner, was crowned champion of the Cajun Classic quad doubles for a third time after a straight-set victory over Australian, Canadian duo Heath Davidson and Robert Shaw. Lapthorne's singles campaign ended in the semi-finals after losing to World No.1, Sam Schroder 6-0, 1-6, 6-3.
Lapthorne and 19-year-old Greg Slade joined forces tio win the Bolton Indoor ITF 2 quad doubles title. The Brits battled back to beat the far more experienced partnership of Bryan Barten and Wagner 2-6, 7-5, 10-6.
Lapthorne started the year by reaching successive quad singles semi-finals at the Melbourne Open and the Australian Open. Lapthorne and American David Wagner were also doubles finalists at the Melbourne Open, where they lost out to Dutch top seeds Sam Schroder and Niels Vink.
Lapthorne and Wagner defeated reigning Paralympic and US Open champions Schroder and Vink in a deciding match tie-break to claim their fourth Australian Open doubles title together. Lapthorne’s sixth Australian Open quad doubles title in total was also his eighth Grand Slam title partnering Wagner.
Started this season by reaching the quad singles semis at the Victorian Open and Australian Open. Finished runner-up in the Australian Open doubles with David Wagner after losing a close match tie-break to Dylan Alcott and Heath Davidson. After reaching his first singles final of 2021 at the Open des Hauts-de-France in Le Touquet at the end of May, in June Lapthorne won his first Roland Garros doubles title partnering Wagner, thereby completing his career Grand Slam in doubles.
In July, won his second Wimbledon doubles title with Wagner against Alcott and Sam Schroder. Lapthorne and Wagner therefore became the first ever quad doubles partnership to complete a career Grand Slam together. Lapthorne ended the month at the British Open, where he and fellow Brit Antony Cotterill put up a strong performance to finish runners up to Dutch top seeds Schroder and Niels Vink in the quad doubles, although Lapthorne made an early exit in singles.
He then contested his third Paralympics in Tokyo, reaching the quad singles quarter-finals before bowing out to eventual silver medallist Vink. Lapthorne and Cotterill also played for the quad doubles bronze medal, but narrowly lost out to Japan’s Mitsuteru Moroishi and Koji Sugeno 7-5, 3-6, 7-5. Lapthorne’s penultimate tournament of 2021 saw him reach the quad singles quarter-finals at the US Open, where he and Wagner lost out to eventual champions Schroder and Vink in the doubles semi-finals.
Lapthorne closed his season by bowing out to Schroder in the semi-finals of the Singles Masters, while he and Cotterill narrowly missed out on a place in the final of the Doubles Masters.
Reached back-to-back singles finals in Australia before reaching the quad singles final at the Australian Open and then the ITF Bolton Indoor. Reached world No.1 in the quad singles rankings for the first time in his career at the end of January. Reached back-to-back doubles semi-finals in Australia with fellow Brit Antony Cotterill before partnering Cotterill to win the quad doubles at Bolton Indoor. Won his fourth US Open quad doubles title and his second with Australian Dylan Alcott before finishing rubber-up to Alcott in quad singles at Roland Garros.
Reached the inaugural Wimbledon quad singles final before finishing runner-up to Australian Dylan Alcott and won the inaugural Wimbledon quad doubles title partnering Alcott. Won his second US Open quad singles title and partnered Alcott to win the quad doubles title. A week later he went on to win his second US Open USTA Championships Super Series singles title.
Won the ITF 1 Sardinia Open and ITF 2 Bolton Indoor quad singles titles. Partnered Antony Cotterill to win the Sardinia Open quad doubles title and American David Wagner to win the US Open Grand Slam and US Open USTA Championships Super Series doubles titles.
Two-time Grand Slam singles champion (US Open 2014, 2019), 13-time Grand Slam doubles champion (Australian Open 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2022, Wimbledon 2019 & 2021, Roland Garros 2021, US Open 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020). Three-time Paralympic medallist (Rio 2016 singles silver, London 2012 doubles silver and Rio 2016 doubles bronze). Three-time World Team Cup champion (2009, 2014, 2017) representing Great Britain. Two-time Doubles Masters champion (2010, 2016).
Born with cerebral palsy. Started playing wheelchair tennis aged 10 after first trying the sport at a wheelchair tennis camp. Former world ranked junior No.6, Junior Masters qualifier and GB World Team Cup Junior Team Member. Classified into the sport’s quad division in 2008.
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