Australian Heath Davidson reaches Roland-Garros final with Ymanitu Silva, John Peers withdraws
Heath Davidson, the Australian responsible for following the success of his former wheelchair tennis partner Dylan Alcott, made a superb debut at Roland Garros by reaching the double quad final at Roland Garros.
The 35-year-old is now the last Australian representative at the Paris Slam after John Peers was knocked out of the mixed doubles semi-final earlier on Wednesday.
Davidson, who also partnered fellow Victorian Alcott for Paralympic gold in 2016, has a new partner in Brazilian Ymanitu Silva following the retirement of his fellow 23-time Grand Slam title winner.
Davidson and Silva opened their title bid with a 1-6, 6-4 (10/8) win, edging out the super breaker against second seeds Briton Andy Lapthorne and veteran USA David Wagner after a hour and a half.
Davidson, a four-time Australian Open doubles champion with Alcott, has now reached a seventh Grand Slam doubles final, but his first without his former partner.
Davidson and Silva will face the winner of the other semi-final – between Dutch duo Sam Schroder and Niels Vink and South African Donald Ramphadi and Japanese Koji Sugeno – in the final.
Davidson will kick off his single quad campaign in Paris at 7pm AEST tonight against Sugeno.
On the Suzanne Lenglen court, John Peers’ hopes of finally reaching a Grand Slam mixed doubles final once again faded alongside Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski, beaten by Japanese Ena Shibahara and Dutchman Wesley Koolhof 6 -3, 6-4.
World No. 15 Peers had enjoyed a career-best run in Paris, advancing to his first semi-final there but, much like in his last four mixed doubles appearances in the other three Slams, the 33-year-old couldn’t make it to the final.