Alfie Hewett claims singles and doubles title at the warm up event before French Open
Gordon Reid joins Hewett for the doubles
Lucy Shuker takes the doubles crown on the ladies side.
ANTIBES, FRENCH RIVERIA, FRANCE – Alfie Hewett entered both the singles and doubles event. The Brit partnered with his regular doubles partner Gordon Reid to claim the title. Lucy Shuker took the doubles on the ladi
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Alfie Hewett was the second seed in this ITF warm up event for the French Open. As a seeded player, the Brit received a bye in the first round. In the singles second round Hewett was against Laurent Giammartini. The seed totally dominated both sets, with the Frenchman barely able to get into the game. The Brit move into the next round in straight sets 6-1, 6-1.
The quarter-final saw the Brit against eighth seed Jef Vandorpe. The Belgian stayed with Hewett and battled hard, however the Brit secured the break of serve needed and took the lead. In the second set the second seed continued where he had left off and once again broke Vandrope to book a semi-final spot 6-3. 6-4.
In the semi-final Hewett was against his fellow Brit Gordon Reid. Suitably this match was very very close. Neither player gave an inch and ultimately both sets went to tiebreaks. Reid kept with Hewett all the way, but it was the second seed who edged ahead in both breakers to move into the final 7-6(4), 7-6(5).
The final saw Hewett against the top seed Gustavo Fernández. The Argentine couldn’t stop the Brit from breaking in the first set and failed to break back. In the second set the top seed went toe to toe with the Brit, and eventually a tiebreak ensued. The tiebreak was very very close, but it was Hewett that edged it to take the title 6-3, 7-6(6).
Hewett then teamed up again with Reid for the doubles. As the top seeds the Brits had a bye so their first match was the quarter-final against Giammartini & Gaetan Menguy. The Brits were dominant the entire match, with the French pair only able to get one game on the board. Hewett & Reid progressed 6-1, 6-0.
The semi-final saw the Brits against the third seeds Martin De La Puente & Fernández. The Spanish/Argentine pair struggled in the first set as Hewett & Reid continued their dominance. However, the third seeds found their stride in the next set, keeping toe to toe with the Brits. Eventually, the top seeds managed to secure the much needed break and book the spot in the final 6-2, 7-5.
In the final the Brits were against the second seeds Joachim Gerard & Vandorpe. The Belgians put up a fight in the first set, with the Brits forced to make the vital break to move ahead. The second set however was one sided. Hewett & Reid didn’t lose a game in the set to lift the trophy 6-4, 6-0.
Lucy Shuker paired up with Macarena Cabrillana and they were the third seeds. In the quarter-final the Brit/Chilean were against Lauren Jones & Emmanuelle Morch. The Brit/French pair were dominated in the first set and only won one game. However, in the second set Jones & Morch started a fight back before getting broken by Shuker & Cabrillana wo moved in the semi-final 6-1, 6-4.
The semi-final saw Shuker & Cabrillana against the second seeds Katherina Kruger & Michaela Spaanstra. As with the quarter-final the Brit/Chilean pair dominated the first set losing only one game. However, Kruger & Spaanstra fought back in the second breaking the third seeds to level up. In the ensuing match tiebreak, it was the third seeds that dominated to claim the victory and move into the final 6-1, 4-6, 10-2.
In the final the Brit/Chilean were against fourth seeds Saki Takamaro & Manami Tanaka. The Japanese pair were outplayed by the third seeds and couldn’t get a game on the board. However, the second set was much closer, as the Japanese were able to hold serve. The Brit/Chilean secured the vital break of serve though and took the title 6-0, 6-4.
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