HELENSBURGH'S Gordon Reid and doubles partner Alfie Hewett made history today (Sunday) when they contested the first ever wheelchair tennis ranking tournament final at the Fever-Tree Championships at The Queen’s Club in London.
Gordon put up a resilient performance to recover and beat two-time Wimbledon champion Stefan Olsson 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 in yesterday’s semi-finals, inflicting the Swede’s first defeat on the capital’s grass-courts since 2016.
Meanwhile, Alfie came out best in blustery conditions to beat fellow Brit Dermot Bailey 6-2, 6-3 in the other semi-final.
In today's final Alfie maintained his good form with a 6-2, 7-5 victory. He got the better of three breaks of serve in the first four games of the mens singles final to take an early 3-1 lead over former Wimbledon champion Gordon and maintained his consistency to seize the initiative.
The burgh man gained the first break of the second set to edge 4-3 ahead. However, Alfie responded and a service hold to love gave the 21-year-old reigning US Open champion a 6-5 lead.
A double fault from Gordon brought up match point and Alfie calmly manoeuvred himself into place to wrap up victory over the world no.8 with a forehand down the line winner.
Although finishing runner-up Gordon is looking forward to trying to reclaim the Wimbledon title he won in 2016.
He said: “It’s been a good week. I had a good win yesterday against Stefan Olsson, the defending Wimbledon champion and a good player on grass, so I’m happy with my tennis this week.
"I’ve got a few things to work on from today’s match, but that’s the reason we’re here to play the games before Wimbledon and get to used to playing on the grass again.”
Alfie and Gordon then contested the mens doubles final against top seeds Joachim Gerard and Stefan Olsson.
Back on court for the final less than an hour after their singles final, the reigning Wimbledon and US Open champions were never able to find anything near their best tennis, and reigning Australian Open and British Open champions Gerard and Olsson added their names to the historic roll of honour at The Queen’s Club.