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Tennis | Britain Has A Winner at the French Open!

Publish Date: 08/06/2021
Fact checked by: James Leeland

You might have thought that Britain's time at the summit of world tennis had ended with Andy Murray’s injury struggles. However, this weekend, the UK’s Andy Lapthorne won the French Open quad wheelchair doubles with partner David Wagner.

The victory added one of the few major titles missing from Lapthorne’s jam-packed trophy cabinet. For the man himself though, this victory was about more than lengthening his endless list of honours.

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Lapthorne Adds Final Piece to Career Grand Slam Puzzle

Until this weekend, the French Open doubles was the only one of the four major doubles honors that Andy Lapthorne was missing. He has now added the missing piece to his collection, meaning that he can now boast as having achieved a career Grand Slam at the age of 30.

It wasn’t all plain sailing though - Lapthorne and his partner Wager finally won the game following a very intense match tie-break. In the end, they overcame their opponents Dylan Alcott and Sam Schroder to clinch the title. Interestingly, Alcott and Sam Schroder actually went on to play each other in the men’s singles final, with Alcott coming out on top to win his third consecutive French Open title.

“Monkey Off My Back”

Rather than viewing it as a major achievement, Lapthorne referred to finally lifting the French Open quad wheelchair doubles title as getting a “monkey off [his] back”. Now that he has finally got his hands on the previously elusive title on the clay courts of Paris, Lapthorne’s total major trophy hall now totals 13.

His collection consists of five Australia open titles, six US open titles, one Wimbledon and one French Open.

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Lapthorne’s Personal Glory Tops of Dream Season for His Beloved West Ham

Andy Lapthorne was given further reason to celebrate when his beloved West Ham confirmed the renewal of his season ticket for the 2021/22 season. He is a massive fan of the Irons and has been following them with his Dad since he was a boy. Next season, Lapthorne will be able to follow Moyes and boys around Europe as a career Grand Slam winner (Covid travel rules permitting, of course!)

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What Else is Happening in the French Open?

  • Elsewhere in the French Open, current world number one Novak Djokovic made it past teenage sensation Lorenzo Musetti. Djokovic initially went two sets down against the 19 year old Italian, but managed to fight back to avoid a shock exit in the fourth round.
  • Rafael Nadal, the tournament favourite, managed to keep his incredible French Open record alive against Jannik Sinner. The Spaniard hasn’t dropped a single set at the French open since 2019 - truly carving his name in clay as the GOAT of the Garros.
  • The women’s tournament was hampered at the start by the mishandling of Naomi Osaka’s decision not to fulfill her media duties due to mental health reasons - which ultimately led to her withdrawing from the tournament altogether.
  • In terms of news that happened on the clay, three time champion Serena Williams lost in straight sets to Russia’s Elena Rybakina. The shock loss delivers yet another blow to the American veterans hopes of breaking Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 Grand Slam titles.
  • Williams has 23 Grand Slam titles, and has agonisingly lost four finals since reaching that milestone. At age 39, she may now be running out of opportunities to surpass, or even match, Court’s record.

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