Jan 26 2010 By Tim Edwards
ANDREW Lapthorne and Marc McCarroll will be vying for success at the Melbourne Open this week.
After a week of training in Australia, Harrow-born McCarroll bids to resume his fine start to 2010, which has saw him reach two men's singles finals, winning one singles title and two men's doubles titles in the first two weeks of the year in Brisbane and then in Adelaide. As a result, 24-year-old McCarroll, from Ickenham, has attained a new career best ranking of No 25.
Meanwhile, Eastcote's Lapthorne begins his season alongside McCarroll at the Melbourne Open, which takes place at the Albert Reserve Tennis Centre, the training ground for the Australian Open players. The 19-year-old already has his sights set on playing at the Grand Slam next year as he and McCarroll continue their bids to hopefully representing Great Britain at the London 2012 Paralympics.
"The goal for this year is to earn a place in the world's top four," said Lapthorne, the world No 9. "I had a great year last year and I'm looking forward to 2010 after working hard on my consistency in training.
"I need to be in the top four to play alongside those players at the Grand Slams, so that's where I'm aiming. It won't be easy, but I believe I can achieve it."