Jamie Burdekin, who is sponsored by Hilary Meredith Solicitors, clinched his latest major wheelchair tennis title on Sunday at Nottingham Tennis Centre after winning the quad doubles at the British Open, the fifth of six Super Series tournaments on the international calendar, partnering American David Wagner.
In their first tournament together Burdekin and Wagner dropped just two games on the way to claiming the Super Series crown, beating Australia’s Dylan Alcott and Lucas Sithole of South Africa 6-0, 6-1 in the final.
“I’m delighted considering I didn’t have a doubles partner at the start of the week,” said Burdekin, the world No. 5 ranked quad singles player, who is now likely to see his world No. 10 doubles ranking improve after Sunday’s triumph. “My original partner was unable to play and Wagner saw that I was available and I’ve enjoyed every minute.
“He is a great player and I’ve always respected his game, especially his doubles as a three-time Paralympic gold medallist, so I was proud to be on court with the man.”
Wagner knows Burdekin well as an opponent after Britain overcame the USA in the final of the BNP Paribas World Team Cup in May.
On that occasion Burdekin and Andy Lapthorne teamed up to beat Wagner and his Paralympic gold medal-winning partner Nick Taylor in the deciding doubles tie to clinch gold.
“We beat them in the final to become a two-time world champion, and now there are only more big things to come with Rio 2016 just around the corner and the US Open Super Series to look forward to at the end of August.
“It is always important to do well here. This is our backyard, I have family down here supporting me and this is one of the tournaments we all really want to do well at as a Tennis Foundation organised event,” said
Burdekin, who was watched from the stands by his son Charlie, his parents as well as another interested spectator in Judy Murray.
Making Burdekin’s dominating win all the more remarkable was that Alcott collected the singles title just 24 hours earlier and Sithole won the singles event in 2013.
“The scoreline suggests it was easier than it was, but they were in there for most games,” said Burdekin.