Sithole wins US Open wheelchair quad singles


JOHANNESBURG: Lucas Sithole in action against David Wagner (USA) in the quads semifinals during the ACSA SA Wheelchair Tennis Open at Ellis Park.

NEW YORK - South Africa&39;s Lucas Sithole has won the wheelchair quad singles title at the US Open tennis tournament, becoming the first man from Africa to win a singles US Open title of any kind.

Sithole, 26, defeated America&39;s David Wagner 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the final on Sunday.

He went a perfect 4-0 in four days of play, defeating Andrew Lapthorne, Nick Taylor and Wagner twice.

Sithole, in an interview with the US Open website, said he was confident coming into the final having already beaten Wagner 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 on Friday.

Sithole also paid tribute to his opponent - a champion in New York in 2010 and 2011 - describing him as "one of the best players in the quads".

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