LAPTHORNE ROCKED BY CRUSH­ING DE­FEAT

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Sports - BY JEREMY CROSS

ANDY LAPTHORNE was close to tears after the Brit lost in straight sets to Dy­lan Al­cott in Wim­ble­don’s first-ever quad wheel­chair sin­gles fi­nal.

The Aussie top seed thrashed Lapthorne (left) 6-0 6-2.

He said: “Dy­lan was far too good, he’s prob­a­bly the best player I’ve ever played. If he’s on like that and I’m not, then fair play to him.”

Bri­tain’s men’s wheel­chair dou­bles pair Al­fie Hewett and Gor­don Reid lost in straight sets to Joachim Ger­ard and Ste­fan Ols­son in the fi­nal.

The de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons were well beaten 6-4 6-2 by the 2019 Aus­tralian Open win­ners.

In the ladies’ wheel­chair sin­gles fi­nal, Aniek Van Koot edged out fel­low Dutch ri­val Diede De Groot.

In the in­vi­ta­tional dou­bles, Bri­tish duo Jeremy Bates and An­drew Cas­tle beat Chris Wilkinson and Man­sour Bahrami.

In the boys’ dou­bles,

Brits Arthur Fery and

Toby Sa­muel missed out on a place in the fi­nal after los­ing to Laim Draxl and Govind Nanda.

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