Lucas Sithole, who lost both his legs and his right arm in a childhood accident has yet again shown us that there’s no reason to ever believe we’re inadequate. He won the wheelchair tennis quad doubles title at the Australian Open tennis tournament yesterday in Melbourne.
Relating that it’s Sithole’s first Grand Slam doubles title, SuperSport reported that Sithole and his American partner, David Wagner “turned back the clock to serve past second seeds Andy Lapthorne (British) and Dylan Alcott (Australian) 6-1 6-3 in an 1 hour battle at Melbourne Park.”
As reported, Sithole lost his opening match to Wagner on Wednesday, but “the South African world no.3 survived a three-setter test against Britain’s Andy Lapthorne in the quads singles, edging out the Brit 2-6 6-1 6-0 to keep his dream of securing a singles title alive.”
Our Sithole excitedly commented that he “enjoyed the match very much. It was great to play with David Wagner, it was our first match together and it was easy to play with him. I am extremely excited for taking the doubles title and again winning against Andy Lapthorne.”
After Sithole lost his legs and arm in an accident when he fell under a train at age 12, he attended a primary and secondary school for the physically disabled. There, he saw other students like him thriving and decided to make the best out of the unfortunate train accident. He started playing professional tennis in 2006 and eventually got to represent Mzansi in an international competition in Netherlands.
The 20-year-old has bagged seven professional tennis title and has undoubtedly emerged as one of the worlds’ best inspiring players of the game.
Sithole grew up in Dannhauser, KwaZulu-Natal and is already looking towards the Rio Olympics evidently determined to win himself and South Africa a gold medal.
And while at that, he has illustrated to all that we can do exceptional great deeds if we look past our limitations and act in accordance with the old adage – “When life gives you lemons, make a lemonade.”