Ebene News – GB – Gordon Reid: Australian Open doubles wheelchair victory is most special yet

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Wheelchair tennis champion Gordon Reid described his recent triumph alongside fellow Briton Alfie Hewett at the Australian Open as the most special yet

The seeds defended their men’s wheelchair doubles title with a victory over Stéphane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer of France in the 7-5 7-6 (7-3) final

The victory was also their 10th overall Grand Slam victory, tying a British record dating back to 1906, and the pairs fifth in a row

Of the historic victory, Reid told Sky Sports News: “It is a special victory, especially under the circumstances of the pandemic

“We didn’t even know a few months ago if we would be competing here, so the fact that we managed to get out here and take the title home is a really great feeling”

The first Grand Slam of the year began amid heightened coronavirus protocols, with many players’ training schedules hampered due to quarantine and self-isolation restrictions on arrival in Melbourne

However, Reid, who remains in Australia to train before his next event in Holland in a few weeks, remains grateful for every experience that comes up during this hectic time.

“We’re in a really privileged position to be able to travel and compete, so quarantine was a small price to pay to come here and enjoy the Australian summer and play tennis,” Reid said

“We just tried to make the most of it – this year is a special and unique experience this year and we are just trying to cherish the moments we have on the court”

Reid also opened up about the incredible partnership he has forged with Hewett since returning in 2014, which continues to grow stronger as the pair finished 2020 undefeated.

“When we first started playing together Alfie (Hewett) was a kid who had just graduated and I was world number 1 in doubles

“So it was a big risk for me to double-commit with Alfie but it’s obviously a decision I’m glad I made

“All of the hard work we have put in over the years is paying off and obviously 2021 has started off perfectly”

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Ebene News – GB – Gordon Reid: The Open doubles victory Australia’s wheelchair is the most special to date

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