Saturday, 18 May 2019 13:17

Gordon's team in World Cup final

Written by Andy Dodd

THE Great Britain mens team, including Helensburgh's Gordon Reid, will play for a second ever title at the wheelchair tennis 2019 BNP Paribas World Team Cup today (Saturday).

Britain are guaranteed to return from the event in Ramat Hasharon, Israel ,with three medals after the juniors won silver and the womens team claimed bronze on Friday.

The mens team of Alfie Hewett, Gordon Reid and Dermot Bailey secured their spot in the final with a stunning win against top seeds Japan in Friday’s semi-final.

Britain had lost to Japan in last year’s final and went into the match determined to reverse that result. Gordon set things up with a classy 6-4 7-5 win against world no.9 Takashi Sanada, before Hewett produced a sensational performance to defeat world no.1 Shingo Kunieda by the same score.

Speaking after the match, Alfie said: "It's been some time since I've won against him and he's been such a strong competitor in the last five to six months. Today was a big step for me and you could see how much it meant to me at the end.

"We lost to them in the final last year and we really believed we could have won that. Today Gordon had a stunning performance too and we showed what we can do.”

They now take on France in today’s final in a match that will be streamed live on the LTA’s Facebook page.

It will renew what is one of the biggest rivalries in the sport with the French team including Stéphane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer — the duo who defeated Reid and Hewett in an epic Rio 2016 Paralympic final.