Wagner wins eighth NEC
E.J. Crawford | December 7, 2015
American wheelchair tennis standout David Wagner capped off an impressive season by winning the quad singles titles at the 2015 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in London on Sunday.
The season-ending championships, the wheelchair version of the ATP World Tour Finals and WTA Finals, featured the top eight men and women in the wheelchair division and the top four quad players in the quad division.
The top-seeded Wagner cruised to the title, going undefeated in round-robin play and defeating second seed Lucas Sithole, of South Africa, 7-6, 6-4, in the final. The victory was Wagner’s eighth NEC Masters title and his fourth in a row. Belgium’s Joachim Gerard won the men’s title and Jiske Griffioen of the Netherlands won the women’s crown.
Also in 2015, Wagner won both the singles and doubles title (with long-time partner Nick Taylor) at US Open USTA Wheelchair Tennis Championships in St. ADVERTISEMENT Louis, reached the singles final and won the doubles title at the US Open Wheelchair Competition in New York, and teamed with Taylor to capture the Uniqlo Wheelchair Doubles Masters and with Great Britain’s Andy Lapthorne to win the Australian Open Wheelchair Championships.
The 41-year-old also went undefeated in both singles and doubles (dropping just 15 games in seven matches) to lead the U.S. to the quad title at the 2015 World Team Cup, the wheelchair equivalent of the Davis Cup.
Taylor finished the season ranked No. 2 in singles, behind only Australia’s Dylan Alcott, and No. 1 in doubles. Taylor finished No. 10 in singles and No. 3 in doubles, and fellow American Greg Hasterok checked in at No. 10 in doubles.