LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: British US Open champions Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett talk on stage as they return to the LTA's National Tennis Centre for The Homecoming and to celebrate their success on September 24, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for LTA)
Tennis | Wheelchair Tennis | Hewett & Reid claim doubles title at Queens
Alfie Hewett & Gordon Reid entered Queens and were the top seeds. They faced unseeded pair Asif Abbasi & Manojkanth Somasundaram. The Brits dominated from the outset, having no issues with their opponent’s game. Hewett & Reid didn’t lose a single game to move into the final 6-0, 6-0.
The final was against the second seeds Joachim Gerard & Stephane Houdet. The second seeds dominated the first set, and took the lead as the Brits struggled on serve. However, Hewett & Reid re-grouped in the second set and fought back to level the match. In the ensuing match tiebreak, Hewett & Reid broke the serve of Gerard & Houdet to take the title, their 41st doubles title 1-6, 7-5, 6-3.
Hewett was against Abbasi in the first round of the singles. Hewett, the top seed, dominated Abbasi from the start and lost only one game to move on to the next round 6-1, 6-0. In the semi-final Hewett was against his doubles partner Reid. Hewett dominated the first set and took the lead. The second set saw the top seed break early and move into the next round in straight set 6-1, 6-3.
The final saw the Brit against Joachim Gerard. Hewett stayed with the Belgian and broke serve to take the first set. The second set saw Gerard fight back and break the Brit to level up the match. The final set was very close, and actually looked to be heading to a tiebreak. Right towards the end of the set, the Belgian secured the break of serve and lifted the title 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.
Wheelchair Round Up
Andrew Penney & Dermot Bailey were defeated by Joachim Gerard & Stephane Houdet 6-2, 6-2.
Andrew Penney was defeated by Stephane Houdet in the first round 6-3, 6-0.
Dermot Bailey was defeated by Joachim Gerard in the first round 6-1, 6-1.
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