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Pro Media & News

Wagner reaches quad

finals in Melbourne

Erin Maher  |  January 28, 2019
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 26:  David Wagner of the United States plays a forehand in his Quad Wheelchair Singles Final match against Dylan Alcott of Australia during day 13 of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 26, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
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Eleven-time (three singles, eight doubles) Australian Open champion David Wagner had another strong showing at the year's first Grand Slam in Melbourne, advancing to finals in both the wheelchair tennis quad singles and doubles competitions.

 

Seeded No. 2 in singles, Wagner took on a tough field of contenders in the round-robin portion of the tournament, including five-time Australian Open doubles champion Andy Lapthorne of Great Britain and Australia’s Heath Davidson. Wagner edged past the competition to finish the singles round-robin portion of the tournament, 2-1, securing his spot in the final.

 

In the final, the Walla Walla, Wash., native fell to No. 1 seed Dylan Alcott of Australia, 6-4, 7-6, in one hour, 41 minutes. The contest was a rematch of the 2018 US Open wheelchair quad singles final, which Alcott also won, 7-5, 6-2. ADVERTISEMENT  

 

In doubles, Wagner teamed with longtime partner Lapthorne, and the duo took on Alcott and Davidson in the final. The teams split the first two sets, before Alcott and Davidson won the match in a tiebreak, 6-3, 6-7, [12-10].

 

Wagner’s latest showing in Australia bolsters the Paralympian’s already impressive legacy. He now currently sits at 783 career wins. 

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