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South Africa’s Lucas Sithole wins Australian Open doubles title

In a remarkable achievement, South African, Lucas Sithole and his tennis partner, American David Wagner, clinched a Grand Slam in the quad wheelchair doubles final at the Australian Open tennis tournament.

Lucas Sithole, SF 27 January 2016 -  Photo: Theo Karanikos/Tennis Australia/Australian Open

Lucas Sithole, SF 27 January 2016 – Photo: Theo Karanikos/Tennis Australia/Australian Open

South African, Lucas Sithole and his tennis partner, American David Wagner, last week beat British Andy Lapthorne and Australian Dylan Alcott 6-1 6-3 in an 1 hour battle at Melbourne Park to clinch a Grand Slam in the quad wheelchair doubles final.

The title is Sithole’s first Grand Slam doubles title.

Sithole did his country and continent proud, lifting his second Grand Slam title following his win at the U.S. Open singles final in 2013.

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Lucas Sithole won the wheelchair quad singles final over No. 1 seed David Wagner in 2013 Photo: US Open

Lucas Sithole won the wheelchair quad singles final over No. 1 seed David Wagner in 2013 Photo: US Open

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 29 year-old ranked third in the singles category and sixth in the doubles was the runner-up at the Australian open singles competition and was the doubles runner-up at the same competition in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

Commenting on the historic win, in a post-match interview, Sithole reportedly said: “I enjoyed the match very much,”

“It was great to play with David Wagner, it was our first match together and it was easy to play with him; I am extremely excited about taking the doubles title and again winning against Andy Lapthorne”.

Sithole, is a triple amputee and lost both his legs and his right arm in a childhood accident.

Source: Australian Open and SA people

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