Alcott finishes runner-up in Roland Garros doubles
Australia's Dylan Alcott falls just short in his quest to win a ninth career Grand Slam doubles title.
Brit Andy Lapthorne and American David Wagner are the quad wheelchair doubles champions at Roland Garros, beating Australia’s Dylan Alcott and his Dutch partner Sam Schroder in a hard-fought three-set final.
Lapthorne and Wagner won 7-6(1) 4-6 [10-7] in a one-hour and 54-minute battle.
Teaming up for a first time, 30-year-old Alcott and 21-year-old Schroder made a slow start. They found themselves down 2-5 in the opening set, before fighting back to force it into a tiebreak.
After winning only a single point in the tiebreak, Alcott and Schroder briefly regained momentum in the second set. They raced ahead 3-0, only to lose the next four games.
Refusing to panic, Alcott and Schroder clinched the next three games to level the match.
The 30-year-old Lapthorne and 47-year-old Wagner took an early lead in the match tiebreak, moving ahead 5-3.
Winning four of the next five points, Alcott and Schroder established a 7-6 advantage. However, Lapthorne and Wagner won the final four points of the match to seal victory.
It is a first Roland Garros doubles title for Lapthorne and a third consecutive win in Paris for Wagner.
— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) June 6, 2021
World No.1 Alcott now turns his attention to the quad wheelchair singles final, where he’ll face-off against Schroder in a bid to win his third straight Roland Garros title.
In boys’ singles action, Australia’s Philip Sekulic gallantly tested top seed Shang Juncheng in the first round.
Shang won 6-4 5-7 7-5 in two hours and 46 minutes against the 17-year-old from Queensland, who was making his Roland Garros debut.
Aussies in action – Roland Garros
Quad wheelchair doubles, final
Andy Lapthorne (GBR)/David Wagner (USA) d Dylan Alcott (AUS)/Sam Schroder (NED) 7-6(1) 4-6 [10-7]
Boys’ singles, first round
 Shang Juncheng (CHN) d Philip Sekulic (AUS) 6-4 5-7 7-5
Quad wheelchair singles, final
 Dylan Alcott (AUS) v Sam Schroder (NED)
Boys’ doubles, first round
Philip Sekulic (AUS)/Robin Bertrand (FRA) v Mans Dahlberg (SWE)/Adam Jurajda (CZE)