Photo: Emily SteinwartMichael Jeremiasz (FRA) and Gustavo Fernandez (ARG)
The start of the men’s doubles and quad doubles took centre stage on Wednesday’s rain-delayed second day of the US Open USTA Wheelchair Championships, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, in St. Louis, while second seed Nick Taylor became the first player to reach the quad singles semifinals.
While top seeds Stephane Houdet of France and Gordon Reid of Great Britain had a bye in the men’s double semifinals, second seeds Michael Jeremiasz and Gustavo Fernandez dropped just one game in securing their place in the last four after the French-Argentinean combination beat Sergio Naduville of USA and Brazil’s Pedro Rocha 61 60.
The closest of the quarterfinals ended with Ben Weekes of Australia and USA’s Stephen Welch defeating French duo Yoann Quilliou and Thomas Vinatier 64 75 to earn their place in the last four against Weekes and Welch.
Houdet and Reid will face South American opponents in their semifinal after Argentina’s Agustin Ledesma and Eliecer Oquendo of Colombia beat Canada’s Philippe Bedard and Eric Gilbert 62 62.
Quad doubles semifinalists decided
With top seed and London 2012 gold medallists Taylor and David Wagner having a bye in the quad doubles, Taylor was the only player in main draw singles action on the second day of play when he beat Canada’s Adrian Dieleman 61 60.
Taylor could face another Canadian opponent in the semifinals, with Sarah Hunter playing American David Buck in the same half of the draw.
Meanwhile, Taylor and Wagner will face British opponents in their doubles semifinal after Antony Cotterill and Adam Field beat another American partnership, David Jordan and Marc McLean, 62 62.
But the closest of the quad doubles quarterfinals ended with Buck and Francois Trawalter winning the big points to defeat Grady Landrum and Harry Boniface Prabhu of India 75 75. Buck and Trawalter will play second seeds Bryan Barten and Greg Hasterok for a place in the final after Barten and Hasterok beat Dieleman and Pani Herath 64 61.
US Open USTA Wheelchair Tennis Championships Draws