Thursday, 20 June 2019 19:09

Gordon set for Wimbledon

Written by Marshall Thomas

HELENSBURGH"S Gordon Reid is one of four British players from the LTA’s Wheelchair Tennis World Class Performance Programme who will contest the wheelchair events at The Championships, Wimbledon, next month after wildcards were announced yesterday for Gordon, Andy Lapthorne, and Jordanne Whiley.

The wheelchair players are part of a total of fourteen Brits in the singles main draws at The Championships.

Gordon, the first ever Wimbledon gentlemen’s wheelchair singles champion in 2016, will play at The Championships for the ninth time and the current world no.8’s wildcard award means he will partner Alfie Hewett in a bid to make it four successive gentlemen’s singles titles.

The eleven-time Grand Slam champion, who was men’s singles finalist at Roland Garros this year, said: Wimbledon obviously holds so many great memories for me after winning four tittles there over the past three years, so I’m very happy and grateful to have been awarded the wildcard.

"It’s always a privilege to play at your home Grand Slam and such a buzz to win the major titles with the home crowd behind you, as Alfie and I have experienced.

"Hopefully I can take my good form on the clay and the hard courts in Paris over the past two weeks on to the grass courts."

Current world no.3 Alfie, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, who added doubles victories partnering Gordon at Wimbledon and the US Open to his 2018 US Open singles title, said: "I'm incredibly excited for Wimbledon this year and for the prospect of trying to make it four doubles titles in a row with Gordon. There is no better feeling than winning a Grand Slam title in front of a home crowd."