Monday, 09 September 2019 17:37

Gordon's US Open hat-trick

Written by Marshall Thomas

HELENSBURGH'S Gordon Reid and partner Alfie Hewett completed a hat-trick of US Open mens doubles titles and led unprecedented success for Britain’s wheelchair tennis players in New York on Sunday.

It was the first time that players on the LTA’s GB Wheelchair Tennis World Class Performance Programme have won four titles at the same Grand Slam.

The Brits made a slow start against reigning French Open champions Gustavo Fernandez and Shingo Kunieda in the Louis Armstrong Stadium, but came back to defeat the Argentinian-Japanese partnership 1-6, 6-4, (11-9) after a deciding match tie-break.

Gordon and Alfie, who retained his singles crown, are now six-time Grand Slam doubles champions together, having achieved hat-tricks at both Wimbledon and the US Open.

Gordon said: It was a really tough match, especially the first set. Gustavo and Shingo played really well, so I’m really glad we managed to fight our way back into it and then played a strong tie-break.

"It’s great that the US Open showcases our sport on the stadium courts. This is our first doubles title together this year, so it’s a good place to do it and thanks to all the coaching team who have helped us this week.

"Hopefully we can come back and make it four in a row next year.”