Photo: Tennis VictoriaMichael Jeremiasz (FRA) and Gordon Reid (GBR)
Michael Jeremiasz, Jiske Griffioen and Andy Lapthorne claimed the men’s, women’s and quad singles titles as the Melbourne Open drew to a close on Sunday at Pinewood Tennis Centre.
World No. 6 and world seed Jeremiasz clinched his first men’s title of 2012 as he successfully retained his Melbourne crown with a 63 63 win over British fourth seed Gordon Reid, thereby denying Adelaide open winner Reid a second title of the month in Australia.
In the women’s singles Griffioen did win her second title of the year and claimed her second NEC Tour as the world No. 4 ranked beat fellow Dutchwoman Aniek van Koot for the second time in a week.
Griffioen has dropped just one game to van Koot when winning the final of the Sydney international Open, but world No. 2 van Koot provided much more resistance this time before Griffioen eventually came through to beat the top seed 76(5) 64.
The first quad singles event on the 2013 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour went to world No. 4 Andy Lapthorne of Great Britain. Lapthorne made a fine start to the season when he beat Sweden’s world No. 5 Anders Hard 61 62 in their third and decisive round-robin match of the week.
Reid completed his time in Australia with his second men’s doubles title of the season after partnering Dutchman Maikel Scheffers to victory. Top seeds Reid and Scheffers beat second seeds Eliphas Maripa of South Africa and Ben Weekes of Australia 62 64 in the final.
Jeremiasz, Griffioen, van Koot, Lapthorne and Hard are now among the entries for the Australian Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships, which begins at Melbourne Park on Wednesday. But before then Weekes faces a play-off against fellow Australian Adam Kellerman to decide which of the two players will earn the one wild card entry into the men’s field for the first Grand Slam of the Year.