Lucas Sithole (tennis)

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Lucas Sithole
Lucas Sithole (RSA) (9679320165).jpg
Country (sports) South Africa
Born (1986-09-30) 30 September 1986 (age 33)
Johannesburg, South Africa
PlaysLeft Handed
Singles
Career record247-102
Highest rankingNo. 2 (9 September 2013)
Current rankingNo. 4 (19 December 2017)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenF (2014)
US OpenW (2013)
Other tournaments
MastersF (2013)
Paralympic GamesSF (2016)
Doubles
Career record103-78
Highest rankingNo. 3 (3 June 2013)
Current rankingNo. 5 (19 December 2017)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (2016)
WimbledonF (2018)
US OpenF (2013, 2014)

Lucas Sithole (born 30 September 1986) is a South African wheelchair tennis player. He plays in the Quad division of the sport. Sithole is the 2013 US Open wheelchair tennis quad champion.[1] He also won the 2016 Australian Open Grand Slam in doubles, partnering David Wagner.[2]

Tennis career[edit]

Lucas Sithole and Heath Davidson at the 2017 UNIQLO Doubles Masters

Lucas Sithole started competing in international wheelchair tennis events in 2006. In July 2011, he won the British Open wheelchair tennis tournament (Super Series) in Nottingham, Great Britain. In 2013, Sithole won the US Open Grand Slam. In the final, he played against World No 1 David Wagner, and won 3–6, 6–4, 6–4.[3]

In the 2017 UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters, Lucas Sithole and Heath Davidson finished at the third place.[4]

Sithole is the first African player to win a Super Series Event or a Grand Slam. [5]

In 2018, Sithole was a runner-up alongside Dylan Alcott at the first ever men's quads doubles event during the 2018 Wimbledon Championships.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Sithole is a native of KwaZulu-Natal.[7] He became a triple amputee in 1998 following a train accident.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.itftennis.com/news/155240.aspx
  2. ^ http://www.itftennis.com/wheelchair/players/player/profile.aspx?playerid=100098277
  3. ^ https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2017-09-11-south-africa-has-a-us-open-champ-his-name-is-lucas-sithole/#.WjJPlFWnGUk
  4. ^ http://cms.itftennis.com/media/277215/277215.pdf
  5. ^ https://www.news24.com/Archives/City-Press/Lucas-Sithole-A-victory-for-the-disabled-sons-and-daughters-of-the-motherland-20150430
  6. ^ "Impressive Wimbledon campaigns end for Alcott, Hijikata". Tennis Australia. 15 July 2018. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  7. ^ https://citizen.co.za/sport/south-africa-sport/1748468/lucas-sithole-takes-third-place-wheelchair-tennis-masters/
  8. ^ http://edition.cnn.com/2013/12/05/sport/tennis/lucas-sithole-wheelchair-tennis-south-africa/index.html