Dou­bles crown for Cot­ter­ill

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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.

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