Wagner and Taylor defend UNIQLO
Masters quad crown
Ashley Marshall | November 11, 2015
The American duo of David Wagner and Nick Taylor added to their already lengthy tennis resume this week with their ninth quad doubles title of the year, this one coming at the prestigious UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters.
Top seeds Wagner and Taylor (pictured above at the US Open) defeated the second-seeded team of Jamie Burdekin and Andy Lapthorne of Great Britain, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, to repeat as champions in the Southern California city of Mission Viejo.
The Americans, also three-time Paralympic doubles gold medalists, went 2-1 in round robin play, beating Italians Alberto Corradi and Antonio Raffaele, 6-2, 6-1, and Italy’s Alfredo Di Cosmo and Greg Hasterok of the U.S., 6-3, 6-2, before losing in straight sets to the finalists.
The victory caps a strong second half of the year for the teammates, who won the US Open Wheelchair Competition in New York and US Open USTA Wheelchair Tennis Championships in St. ADVERTISEMENT Louis in September, the Belgian Open in August and the Swiss Open and British Open in July.
Their victory in Flushing Meadows was their seventh US Open Wheelchair Competition triumph. No other pair has won the quad doubles since the event was introduced in 2007.
Wagner is ranked first in the world in the International Tennis Federation’s quad wheelchair doubles rankings and second behind only Australia’s Dylan Alcott in singles. Taylor is ranked third in doubles and 10th in singles.