Paralympic gold medallist Heath Davidson pulled off a personal best victory to claim the quad singles title at the ITF 1 Series Birmingham Canadian Classic, part of the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour.
The last ITF 1 event before this week’s US Open USTA Championships Super Series in St. Louis, the Birmingham Classic saw Davidson record the standout result on the final day of play as the world No. 5 beat world No.1 David Wagner for the first time in seven attempts to lift the quad singles crown.
With Wagner having halted the progress of last year’s runner-up Kyu-Seung Kim in the semi-finals as Davidson ended Canadian hopes by beating Rob Shaw, the Australian went on to win the final 6-2, 6-7 (4), 6-1 for his third tournament victory of the season after back-to-back ITF 1 titles in South Korea in May and June.
Davidson’s singles victory was a welcome end to his campaign after a one-sided quad doubles final on the penultimate day of play in Canada, when USA top seeds Bryan Barten and Wagner swept past Antony Cotterill and Davidson 6-0, 6-0.
By the International Tennis Federation