Monday, 21 January 2019 11:04

Gordon at Australian Open

Written by Marshall Thomas

HELENSBURGH'S Gordon Reid is in the four-strong British wheelchair tennis team whose challenge begins on Wednesday at the Australian Open.

Gordon, the 2016 champion, will play Stephane Houdet of France, the 2018 runner-up at Melbourne Park.

The world no.7 won the first Grand Slam singles title of his career in Australia three years ago and is relishing his return to Melbourne, which will see him play world no.3 Houdet in his opening singles and doubles matches.

He said: “I love coming back to Melbourne Park. They have improved the facilities once again and it’s fantastic for all the players.

"Seeing the singles trophy up close again during the draw ceremony brought back great memories from 2016.”

Gordon has already played two tournaments this season, the first of which brought his latest Super Series doubles title when he partnered Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez to win the Bendigo Open.

He now turns his attention to attempting to win back-to-back Grand Slam doubles titles with Alfie Hewett as the two-time US Open and three-time Wimbledon champions reunite.

Gordon said: “Over the last few months I’ve played with a few different partners while Alfie had his break.

"So I’m looking forward to being back on the doubles court with him and aiming to win our first Aussie Open doubles title as a team,”

They will play Houdet and Australian Ben Weekes in their semi-final.