James Shaw gained his latest success during a memorable summer when landing the quad doubles title at the Austrian Open over the weekend and also finishing runner-up in the quad singles.
Shaw won his second international doubles title partnering Greg Hasterok at the ITF 2 Series event in Gross Siegharts, the duo surviving a deciding match tie-break in their last round-robin match to finish unbeaten with three wins in three matches.
Aside from a comfortable 6-0, 6-1 victory over Austrian duo Claus-Peter Laisacher and Harald Pramendorfer, Shaw and Hasterok came through two other much closer contests, including a 7-6(4), 7-5 win over German twins Marcus and Max Laudan. However, it was their third and last contest the was to prove most crucial, with Shaw and Hasterok edging out Israel’s Itay Erenlib and Markuz Wallner of Austria 4-6, 6-4, (11-9).
Shaw produced another fine effort in the quad singles. He opened his campaign with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Marcus Laudan to reach the semi-finals. A week after losing a third set lead against Hasterok in their round-robin round contest at the Trofeo della Mole in Turin, Shaw turned the tables on the American second seed in Austria, securing his late win over a world top 20 player to reach his second ITF 2 singles final 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.
After winning the first ITF 2 quad singles title of his career earlier this year at the Wroclaw Cup in Poland, Shaw ultimately finished runner-up to world No. 5 Erenlib in Austria. The Israeli top seed took the final 6-1, 6-2.
“It’s been a really encouraging few months and I’m really pleased to see the big improvements against Marcus and Greg, who I both lost to in Austria last year. After being 3-0 up in the final set of my match against Greg last week in Turin, it’s very satisfying to have won this time from a set and 4-1 down. I’m really grateful to the Tennis Foundation for the continued support and, in particular, for the support for the work I’ve been able to do with my sports psychologist Karl. It’s obviously been of huge benefit to to me and it’s great to see that work paying off.”