Wednesday, 10 July 2019 17:54

Gordon faces world no.1

Written by Marshall Thomas

HELENSBURGH'S Gordon Reid has been drawn against the top singles seed in The Championships, Wimbledon, tomorrow (Thursday).

Gordon, the inaugural Wimbledon gentlemen’s wheelchair singles champion in 2016, will face world no.1 Shingo Kunieda of Japan in this year’s quarter-finals.

Their last meeting at a Grand Slam was in last month’s Roland Garros semi-finals, with the burgh man prevailing in three sets to reach his first Grand Slam singles final since 2016.

The eleven-time Grand Slam champion, who has moved up one place to men’s singles world No.7 this week, said: "I’m looking forward to the challenge of playing Shingo for the first time competitively on grass.

"He is top seed for a reason, but I feel I have the game to cause him a lot of problems on this surface.” 

Gordon and partner Alfie Hewett will open their bid for a fourth successive Wimbledon gentlemens doubles title against French top seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer, the duo the Brits beat in both the 2016 and 2017 finals at The Championships and last year’s US Open men’s doubles final.