Guy Sasson becomes the first Israeli player to win a Grand Slam in the wheelchair category at Roland Garros

Roland Garros, French Open, Paris. Photo: Ank Kumar, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons.Roland Garros, French Open, Paris. Photo: Ank Kumar, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

At 44 years old, Guy Sasson makes history for tennis and Israeli sports by becoming the first to win a Grand Slam, in its case in the Quad Wheelchair category. The tennis player won the trophy in a final against the Dutchman Sam Schroder, winner of six Grand Slam titles. 

Before the final, the Israeli had lost four of five matches against Schroder. However, in the final he started by winning the first set 6 to 2. The Dutchman took the next, and finally Sasson won the third.

 Furthermore, his joy at winning the championship increased when he learned of the release of four hostages in Gaza. In dialogue with local media, the tennis player said that “after the match, I hugged my coach and psychologist, and they told me that four people had been rescued alive” and added that “I was in shock – right after my exciting victory, it was Like all the stars aligned at that moment.”

On the same day as the final, Sasson also played in the category doubles final alongside Britain's Andy Lapthorne. The pair lost in two sets to Schroder and Niels Vink.

Sasson will now prepare to compete at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris representing the country.

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