Doubles crown for Cotterill
MACCLESFIELD wheelchair tennis player Antony Cotterill completed a highly successful two weeks in South Africa with victory in the quad doubles at the South Africa Open in Johannesburg over the weekend.
Cotterill earned his second straight title after winning the quad doubles at the Gauteng Open in Benoni and his latest success brought the Cheshire player and fellow Brit Andy Lapthtorne their second title together at Super Series level, the highest tier of wheelchair tennis tournament outside of the Grand Slams.
Cotterill’s ITF 1 Series Gauteng Open title came with American David Wagner, the duo pairing up for the very first time as they reached the final for the loss of just two games.
A semi-final berth in singles competition in Benoni also earned Cotterill a return to the world’s top 10 in the quad singles rankings heading into the second Super Series tournament of the year.
He backed that fine form up in Johannesburg by reaching the quarterfinals without dropping a game. The 35-year-old subsequently bowed out to world No. 4 Lapthorne 6-4, 6-3, but it was with Lapthorne on the same side of the net that Cotterill snapped up one of the sport’s most important doubles titles.