Ebene News – GB – Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid win record 10th doubles Grand Slam title at Australian Open

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Britons Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid together won their second straight men’s doubles wheelchair tennis title at the Australian Open, claiming a 10th career Grand Slam title with a 7-5 victory, 7-6 (3) on the French second seed Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer at Melbourne Park

Hewett and Reid kicked off their title defense with a close game against World No1 Shingo Kunieda and seven-time Grand Slam champion Gustavo Fernandez After taking the lead at the start of a set, Kunieda and Fernandez moved on to the top speed to regain the upper hand, but that would not prevent the Brits from having a decisive game

Little separated the two partnerships throughout the men’s doubles final, but Reid held the serve comfortably for a 6-5 lead in the first set and Hewett put in a forehand volley on the first of his. two set points in the next match

Hewett’s forehand continued to earn crucial points towards the end of business in the second set, but it was a sublime Hewett backhand down the line that ultimately sealed a historic victory

“It’s amazing to come back back to back, it’s a great feeling, especially with the situation at the moment, not knowing how many opportunities we will have to compete this year

“Gordon really kept us together in this game His level was always high His movement around the court was really very good I was a little wobbly at times, I went in and out But as a couple we were really clinical when that counted “

For Reid, this was his third Australian Open doubles title since 2017, as he and Hewett joined Laurie and Reginald Doherty as the most successful Grand Slam doubles partnership in all time, the brothers having won their 10 Grand Slam titles between 1897 and 1905 Reid said:

“The first time I heard about it (the record) it was Alfie who told me after the match point, which was a surprise to me Obviously it was a amazing race When we started playing with each other Alfie was just a young kid who was going to finish school I think I was no1 in the double world at the time It was a bit risky, to be honest at this point But obviously one that I’m glad I took It is paying off well for us now “

LTA wheelchair performance coach Martyn Whait has worked with Hewett and Reid daily throughout their rise to become Britain’s most successful doubles team and says the duo have a lot more to offer

“We know when they both play in their games they are unbeatable Alfie is a very passionate player and Gordon is a very analytical player so they combine very well They have settled into the game well and lobbied in rally situations to help them achieve victory

“I think they have another level that they can go to – I think we’re coming to the end of analyzing areas for improvement and it’s more about getting them to court. In the past, they could have been pretty high and low in matches, but now you know they’re going to be doing a shift, moving well and asking questions of the opposition There is certainly more to come “

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Ebene News – GB – Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid win record 10th Grand Slam doubles title at the Australian Open

Source: https://www.lta.org.uk/major-tennis-events/grand-slams/australian-open/australian-open-news/2021/alfie-hewett-and-gordon-reid-earn-record-equalling-10th-grand-slam-doubles-title-at-australian-open/