Sep 14 2012 By Lucy Michaeloudis & Matt Lewis
Andrew Lapthorne Image 3
EASTCOTE’S Paralympic silver medalist Andy Lapthorne insists he will be at the Rio Games in 2016 – but he is yet to decide which sport he will compete in.
Lapthorne and partner Peter Norfolk lost out in their bid for wheelchair tennis quad doubles gold to American pair David Wagner and Nick Taylor at Eton Manor last week.
The 6-2 5-7 6-2 defeat left the 21-year-old devastated and Lapthorne is now considering his future in the game as he weighs up the possibility of switching to another discipline.
“I’m looking at wheelchair rugby,” Lapthorne told the Gazette.
“I’ve been looking at it for a while now, but there’s still a lot of aims and ambitions I have within tennis.
“When you have a moment like we did and you have those crowds, it’s hard to envisage coming back to a normal tournament again, because obviously it’s such an amazing experience.
“To have not won in the way that we did, but to have come so close, and after everything over these past four years and to not have performed in the one week that I wanted to is hard to take.
“I’ve had so many messages up on Twitter from people saying ‘go out and play and get the gold in Rio’, so I’ll probably go with tennis but if not then I’m taking up wheelchair rugby.”
Lapthorne has relived the London 2012 defeat all over again on his TV at home and cannot yet make concrete plans until he has fully digested his Paralympic Games experience.
“I stayed up until about two in the morning watching the match back on record on my Sky box.
“I watched every single bit and its been really hard, but in about a month’s time I’ll make some decisions and we’ll start again for Rio.
“I’ve just got to spend some time away, spend some time with my family and friends and maybe after that in a few weeks back I can look back on it a bit more positively.”
Ickenham’s Marc McCarroll reached the quarter-finals of the men’s doubles with his partner Gordon Reid before being knocked out by French duo Frederic Cattaneo and Nicolas Peifer.