Gordon Reid of Great Britain at The NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters 2017 | (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images for The Tennis Foundation)

Tennis | Wheelchair Tennis Round Up | Reid & Lapthorne make semis in Riviera Open

By Glenys Furness

  • Gordon Reid made the semi-final in singles & doubles
  • Andy Lapthorne made semi-final in Quad doubles
BIOT, FRANCE – Gordon Reid was the seventh seed in singles and the top seed in doubles, the Brit made the semi-final in both singles and doubles. Andy Lapthorne was seeded in both Quad events, the Brit made the quarter-final in singles and semi-final in doubles.


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Gordon Reid was the seventh seed in the singles. In the first round the Brit drew Maikel Scheffers. Reid dominated the first set as the Dutchman struggled to hold serve. The second set was more of the same as Reid broke freely and stormed ahead. Unfortunately, Scheffers was unable to continue and had to withdraw from the match, giving the Brit the win 6-2, 3-0 (RET).

The second round saw the Brit against Guilhem Laget. Just like in the previous round, Reid dominated the first set as the Frenchman was unable to get much on serve. The second set was a little bit closer, but the Brit still broke early to take the win and move into the next round 6-2, 6-3.

In the quarter-final Reid was against third seed Joachim Gerard. The Belgian and Brit stayed close in the first set and it looked like a tiebreak was on the cards. However, Reid managed to secure the break of serve to take the lead. The second set saw Gerard re-group and dominate Reid. The Brit was unable to hold serve and the match was level. The Brit was able to re-group for the final set and managed to dominate the Belgian to take the match 7-5, 0-6, 6-2.

The semi-final saw Reid against second seed Gustavo Fernandez. The Argentine was in dominate form. No matter what the Brit tried, the second seed was equal to it. Reid tried to fight hard, but unfortunately, Fernandez was too just good and moved into the final dropping only one game 6-1, 6-0.


Men’s Doubles

In doubles Reid teamed up with Martin De la Puente and they were the top seeds, as a result, they had a bye in the first round. In the quarter-final the Brit/Spaniard were against French pair Frederic Cattaneo & Nicolas Charrier. The top seeds dominated from the start with Cattaneo & Charrier struggling to hold serve. The top seeds soon had the match in the bag 6-2, 6-1.

The semi-final saw the top seeds against fourth seeds Tom Egberink & Stephane Houdet. The first set was very close and looked to be heading to a tiebreak. Unfortunately, Egberink & Houdet broke the top seeds right at the end to take the lead. The second set was easier for the fourth seeds as they secured the break quickly and took the match in straight sets 7-5, 6-3.


Quad Doubles

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Andy Lapthorne teamed up with Donald Ramphadi and they were the third seeds, they also received a first round bye. In the quarter-final the seeds were against Ahmet Kaplan & Alberto Saja. The seeds broke early in the first set and took the lead. The second set saw Lapthorne & Ramphadi dominate and move into the semi-final 6-3, 6-2.

The semi-final saw the third seeds against top seeds Sam Schroder & Niels Vink. The Dutch pair got the jump on the Brit/South African and broke serve to take the lead. The second set, however, saw Lapthrone & Ramphadi re-group and dominate the top seeds to level the match. In the ensuing match tiebreak it was the top seeds that edged through to book a spot in the final 6-3, 2-6, 10-7.

Wheelchair Round Up

Andy Lapthorne was defeated by Donald Ramphadi in the quarter-final 5-7, 6-0, 6-2.

Dahnon Ward was defeated by Takuya Miki in the first round 6-2, 6-1.

Ben Bartram was defeated by Joachim Gerard in the second round 6-1, 0-6, 7-5.

Lucy Shuker was defeated by Yui Kamiji in the quarter-final 6-1, 6-2.

Lucy Shuker with Angelica Bernal were defeated by Huang Jinlian & Saki Takamuro in the first round 2-6, 7-6(1), 10-5.