SITHOLE FLYING THE FLAG AT THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN
South African wheelchair tennis star, Lucas Sithole is currently playing in the Australian Open Grand Slam in the quads wheelchair singles division at the Melbourne Olympic Park, 28 – 31 January 2015.
The world top four quad's players are invited to compete for this prestigious title and trophy in a round robin format. Defending champion and current world no.1 David Wagner (USA) opened his Australian Open campaign with a win over South Africa's 2013 US Open champion Lucas Sithole (RSA) 6-3, 6-1. World no.2 Andrew Lapthorne (GBR) was beaten in his opening game by Australian world no.3 Dylan Alcott; 6-4, 6-4.
In the second round robin matches Lapthorne lost to SA's hero Lucas Sithole. Sithole, now ranked world no.4 beat Lapthorne 6-3, 7-6(4). Dylan Alcott(AUS) has virtually secured his place in the final with his win over top seed David Wagner (USA) 6-4, 6-4.
Both Sithole and Wagner have lost 1 match each in the round robin format. It now comes down to the wire for Wagner, Sithole and Lapthorne as tomorrows results will determine who advances to the finals. After Day 2, the table standing are: Alcott 2 wins, Wagner 1 win, Sithole 1 win, Lapthorne 0 wins, At the end of Day 3 the top 2 players will advance to the finals. Sithole said "I am taking it one match at a time. I am focused, hungry to win and will give it my all."
Today also saw Sithole and Alcott take on Wagner and Lapthorne in the doubles finals. After a slow start, Sithole and Alcott won the second set to even the match at one set each. It however seemed the underdogs, Sithole and Alcott, could never quite get on top of the two experienced players, and lost in a trying third set 0-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Karen Losch, Manager of Wheelchair Tennis South Africa says, "We will be rooting for you Lucas, you have the talent and skill, believe in yourself, give it all you have and enjoy the tournament."
Wheelchair Tennis South Africa and Airports Company South Africa Partnership:
The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) is the official sponsor of Wheelchair Tennis South Africa and the sport of wheelchair tennis. Airports Company South Africa has contributed no less than R24-million to date and has committed to a continued investment in the sport as its flagship Corporate Social Investment programme.