Sithole edges closer to world number 1 for quads

2014-05-21 00:00

LUCAS Sithole, South Africa’s top wheelchair tennis player and ranked number two in the world, yesterday won the Japan Open after he beat the number-one ranked quadriplegic player, American David Wagner, in the final.

“It was a very big victory for me as regards self-confidence,” Sithole said.

He has now beaten Wagner twice.

“I am now more motivated than ever to become number one,” Sithole said.

His trainer Holger Losch said they worked hard to prepare for the tournament.

“There is always room for improvement and we still have to do some work for the next tournament, but Lucas is doing very well,” Losch said.

He said Lucas was still relatively young, which meant they constantly had to adapt his game. This was especially needed against Wagner, who had changed his playing pattern after he beat Sithole in their last six matches.

“Lucas has however managed it very well,” Losch said.

He said Sithole’s self confidence has been boosted a lot by the win.

“David is currently Lucas’s strongest competition, but we don’t just focus on him, because there are other players who may also become competitive in the future,” Losch said.

Sithole will next play in Europe during June and July.

His trainer said he will be resting until Monday before starting to prepare for the next tournaments.

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