Joachim Gérard was eliminated in the round of 16 of the wheelchair tennis tournament at the Tokyo Paralympic Games on Monday. The Walloon Brabançon, world N.3 and seed of N.3, lost in two sets – 6-3, 6-4 – and 1h41 of play against the Spaniard Daniel Caverzaschi, world N.14 and head of series N.13. Initially scheduled for 8:00 a.m. Belgian time, the meeting started two hours late due to the heat in the Japanese capital.
In the quarter-finals, Caverzaschi will face the Dutchman Tom Egberink, world No.8 and seed No.8, who beat Sweden’s Stefan Olsson, World 10th and seed No.10, in three sets 1-6, 7 -6 (4), 6-3.
Gérard, winner of Wimbledon and the Australian Open this season, had won the bronze medal at the Paralympic Games in Rio in 2016.
Later Monday, Gérard and Jef Vandorpe will try to qualify for the doubles semi-finals. The Belgian duo, seeded No.6, will be opposed to the British pair, seeded No.1, composed of Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid.
Jef Vandorpe was also eliminated in the round of 16 after a 6-2, 6-1 loss in just 59 minutes to Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez, world No. 4 and seeded No. 4, on Monday.