Jan 30 2013 By Matt Lewis
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EASTCOTE star Andy Lapthorne has attained a new career high quad singles wheelchair tennis world ranking this week after reaching his first Grand Slam singles final at the Australian Open.
Lapthorne has moved up one place to number three after finishing runner-up to American world number one David Wagner at Melbourne Park and has subsequently become British No. 1 quad singles player for the first time.
“It’s been a pretty good start to the year after winning my arm-up event at the Melbourne Open before heading to Melbourne Park and reaching my first Grand Slam final,” said Lapthorne.
“I took the world No. 1 to three sets twice in three days and if I keep getting the results my ranking will take care of itself, so I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead.”
After winning the Australian Open quad doubles crown for the last two years with fellow Brit Peter Norfolk, Lapthorne had to settle for runners-up honours this year as he played his first tournament partnering Anders Hard.
Despite a determined performance they couldn’t contend with the experience of three-time Paralympic champions Taylor and Wagner, who went on to regain the title 6-2, 6-3.