Monday, September 09, 2013

South Africa's Lucas Sithole makes history by winning the 2013 US Open Wheelchair Tennis Championship

News 24
September 9, 2013.

New York - South Africa'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'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".

**Please note that the original headline to this article is: "SA's Sithole wins US Open Title.  Read the original article here.

Comment: What an amazing feat!  Lucas Sithole is to be lauded and congratulated for his achievement.

Sadly, even the article above was hardly highlighted in South African online media this morning.  Instead, there is more coverage of Serena Williams' 5th US Open win.

Not to take away from the achievement of Williams, you would nonetheless think our media would be carrying Sithole's story on the front page or at least very prominently.

That aside, this blog salutes Lucas Sithole for rising above his challenges and demonstrating the spirit of achievement against all odds.

Lucas Sithole wins the wheelchair quad singles final over No. 1 seed David Wagner.
Lucas Sithole the 2013 US Open Wheelchair Tennis Champion

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