• Alfie Hewett completes the double at Roland Garros
  • Hewett and Gordon Reid complete the career grand slam in doubles
  • Andy Lapthorne and Jordanne Whiley make finals
PARIS, FRANCE – Alfie Hewett completed the double at the French Open, claiming both the singles and doubles titles. Partnered with Gordon Reid the British pair also completed the Career slam.

 

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Alfie Hewett looked to continue the form of last week where he claimed both the singles and doubles titles in the French Riviera Open. In the first round of the French Open the Brit drew Stéphane Houdet. The Frenchman stayed with the Brit in the first set, however Hewett managed to break right at the end to take the lead. The second set was much easier for the Brit, who broke early and moved easily into the semi-final 7-5, 6-3.

The semi-final saw Hewett up against Gustavo Fernández. The Argentine and the Brit battled hard in the first set and a tiebreak ensued. The breaker was very very tight, however it was Hewett who managed to edge ahead and take the lead. The second set was also a very tough fought match. Once again both players stayed close, and it looked to be heading to another breaker. Hewett however, managed to secure the vital break of serve right at the end to book a spot in the final. Although straight sets, the match was hard won for Hewett 7-6(5), 7-5.

In the final the Brit took on Joachim Gérard. The Belgian proved to be the hardest match so far for Hewett. The Brit secured a break in the first set to take the lead. However, the Belgian was not going to go quietly, and in the second set managed to break the serve of Hewett and force a final set shootout. The Brit re-grouped for the final set. Taking the match to Gérard the Brit secured an early break of serve to lift the title 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.

Doubles Title

Hewett teamed up with his usual doubles partner Gordon Reid. The Brits were drawn against Gérard & Frederic Cattaneo. The French/Belgian duo were not able to match the Brits in the first set, as Hewett & Reid broke serve for the lead. As much as the French/Belgian pair tried in the second set they could not get rid of the Brits. Hewett & Reid forced a tiebreak which they dominated to book the final spot 6-3, 7-6(2).

In the final Hewett & Reid were against Fernández & Shingo Kunieda. The Argentine/Japanese pair stayed with the Brits and forced a tiebreak in the first set. Hewett & Reid secured the break and took the set. Fernández & Kunieda dominated the second as the Brits struggled on serve. The match was poised for the match tiebreak. Hewett & Reid would not be denied, they strolled through the breaker and took the title 7-6(4), 1-6, 10-3. In doing so the pair completed the Career Grand Slam, meaning they have won each of the 4 Grand Slam events (Australia, Wimbledon, French & USA), a feat which is very few have done.

 

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Wheelchair Round up

Gordon Reid was defeated by Fernández in the first round 6-3, 6-3.

Jordanne Whiley was defeated by Diede De Groot in the first round 6-3, 0-6, 6-1.

Jordanne Whiley with Yui Kamiji were defeated by Diede De Groot & Aniek Van Koot in the final 7-6(2), 3-6, 10-8.

Andy Lapthorne was defeated by Dylan Alcott in the Quads final 6-2, 6-2.

Lapthorne & Alcott were defeated by Sam Schroder & David Wagner in the Quads final 4-6, 7-5, 10-8.

 

The next scheduled ITF Wheelchair event is Vii Open Baia De Setubal, held in Portugal from 14th October.

 

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