Alfie Hewett & Gordon Reid claim the men’s doubles title
Hewett also claims singles title
PARIS, FRANCE – Andy Lapthorne, Alfie Hewett & Gordon Reid all claimed titles at Roland Garros.
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Andy Lapthorne and David Wagner teamed up for the Quad doubles in Paris. The pair played Dylan Alcott & Sam Schroder in the final. The Brit/American went toe to toe with the Australian/Dutch pair and forced a tiebreak in the first set. Lapthorne & Wagner dominated the tiebreak and took the lead. The second set saw Alcott & Schroder fight back and break the serve of the Brit/American to level up the match. In the ensuing match tiebreak Lapthorne & Wagner got the mini break and didn’t look back. Taking the match 7-6(1), 4-6, 10-7.
Alfie Hewett & Gordon Reid were the top seeds in the Men’s wheelchair doubles. In the semi-final the Brits faced Gustavo Fernandez & Shingo Kunieda. The first set was dominated by the Argentine/Japanese pair who broke Hewett & Reid to move ahead.
The Brits re-grouped in the second set, dominating Fernandez & Kunieda to level up the match. The ensuing match tiebreak was a very tight affair, however the Brits took the mini break to edge ahead and book a spot in the final 2-6, 6-2, 10-8.
In the final Hewett & Reid were playing the second seeds Stéphane Houdet & Nicolas Peifer. The Frenchmen were no match for the Brits who broke in the first set to take the lead. The second set saw the Hewett & Reid dominate Houdet & Peifer. The French pair were unable to get a game on the board and the Brits lifted the title, their second Roland Garros in a row 6-3, 6-0.
Hewett became a three-time French Open men’s wheelchair singles champion and a five-time Grand Slam singles winner on Monday after claiming a high-quality final against Japan’s world No.1 Shingo Kunieda 6-3, 6-4 at Roland Garros.
Defending champion Hewett began his final by claiming the first service break for a 3-1 lead and refused to let Kunieda back into the set, slotting a forehand winner past the seven-time champion to take the opener after 41 minutes.
The world No.3 recovered from 40-0 down on Kunieda’s serve to survive three deuces and build a 4-1 second set lead and withstood a mini-comeback from the 24-time Grand Slam singles champion to seal his latest title with an ace after an hour and 46 minutes. Hewett, who now has 16 Grand Slam singles and doubles tiles to his name, said:
“Today the quality was one of the best in finals I have played, just dealing with the conditions, dealing with the fact that it was a final. I have played four or five finals recently and have felt very nervous and tense at the beginning. I felt like I came out of the blocks really well today , and that was a big thing I was looking at doing. To obviously come out there and produce some of the tennis that I did, off the back of the semifinal (comeback) that I had, I’m really, really happy.”
Two-time champions Whiley and Kamiji also went into the women’s doubles final hoping for a third title. However, after taking Dutch top seeds Diede de Groot and Aniek van Koot to a deciding match tie-break at Roland Garros 2020, last October, the 11-time Grand Slam-winning partnership of Whiley and Kamiji could not produce their best this time and De Groot and Van Koot retained the title 6-3, 6-4.
Roland Garros Singles Round Up
Jordanne Whiley was defeated by Yuki Kamiji in the first round 6-2, 6-1.
Gordon Reid was defeated by Shingo Kuneida in the first round 7-6(3), 6-2.
Andy Lapthorne was defeated by Sam Schroeder in the semi final 6-1, 6-4.
Lapthorne then defeated Wagner 6-2, 7-6(4) in the third place playoff.
Alfie Hewett defeated Kunieda 6-3, 6-4
Other Wheelchair Events Round Up
Ben Bartram was defeated by Carlos Anker in the first round in Zagreb 6-1, 6-1.
Abbie Breakwell was defeated by Maria Florencia Morena in the quarter-final in Zagreb 6-0, 6-0
Ruby Bishop was defeated by Lola Ochoa in the quarter-final in Zagreb 6-1, 6-0
Ben Bartram with Adam Berdichevsky were defeated by Gustavo Carneiro Silva & Marek Gergely in the quarter-final in Zagreb 6-1, 6-2.
Abbie Breakwell & Ruby Bishop were defeated by Maria Florencia Morena & Lola Ochoa in the semi-final in Zagreb 6-0, 6-3.
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