Dylan Alcott wins third Japan Open quad singles title

Great Britain’s Gordon Reid and Japan’s Yui Kamiji sealed the men’s and women’s titles in the third ITF Super Series of the year. 22 May 2017
man in wheelchair throws away his tennis racket and raises his arms to celebrate

Dylan Alcott (Australia) wins the gold medal against Andy Lapthorne (Great Britain) in the Quad Singles Gold Medal Match at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

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World No. 1 Dylan Alcott completed a hat-trick of Japan Open quad singles titles on Saturday (20 May) after a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory over USA’s world No. 2 David Wagner in Iizuka.

This was the Australian’s 11th Super Series singles crown of his career and the second of the year, after winning January’s Sydney International.

Alcott then joined forces with compatriot Heath Davidson to also take the quad doubles title following a 7-6 (3), 6-3 win over Lucas Sithole of South Africa and Wagner.

Men’s events

Great Britain’s Rio 2016 two-time gold medallist Gordon Reid clinched the men’s title on Sunday (21 May) after beating France’s Nicolas Peifer 7-6 (3), 6-1 in the final, cementing his return to the world No.1 position in detriment to Peifer’s compatriot Stephane Houdet.

The French couple of Peifer and Houdet took revenge in the doubles, defeating the British pair of Reid and Alfie Hewett 7-6(2), 6-3.

Women’s events

World No. 2 Yui Kamiji made it five Japan Open women’s singles titles in succession with a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over Dutch world No. 3 Diede de Groot.

With de Groot contesting her third Super Series singles final of 2017 and aiming to follow up on her maiden Super Series title at last month’s SA Open in Johannesburg, Kamiji got the upper hand for her 12th career Super Series title.

“I’m not very happy with my performance today, but I’m still happy to win here,” said Kamiji. “In the second set I changed my mind to focus on just my tennis and Diede (de Groot) was also very good.

“Here is like my second home, so every year I want to grow a little. I practice a lot and hit many balls, but I always think it’s important to enjoy (wheelchair tennis).”

Full story can be found on the International Tennis Federation’s website.