Tuesday, 18 February 2020 18:06

Gordon back in top five

Written by Marshall Thomas

HELENSBURGH'S Gordon Reid is celebrating a return to the world’s top five this week after his impressive start to 2020 continued with his latest singles final and a fourth successive doubles title with fellow Brit Alfie Hewett over the weekend in Rotterdam.

Reigning Paralympic champion Gordon (28), who is on the LTA’s GB Wheelchair Tennis World Class Performance Programme, is no stranger to success at the ABN AMRO World Wheelchair Tennis Tournament.

He won the singles title at the ITF 1 Series event in 2015 and 2016 and has also claimed three previous doubles titles in Rotterdam, where the wheelchair tennis event is integrated with one of Europe’s most popular ATP 500 tournaments.

In his first tournament since reaching the mens singles final and winning the mens doubles at the Australian Open, the burgh man enjoyed straight sets wins over Sweden’s Stefan Olsson and Belgium’s Joachim Gerard to set up the first ever all-Brit final in Rotterdam.

However, despite five of the first seven games of their latest head-to-head going to deuce and the high-quality contest lasting an hour and 31 minutes, it was Alfie who added his name to the roll of honour 6-0, 6-3.

Gordon said: "I’m very happy to have reached back to back singles finals, with some solid performances to take out top two 10 players in straight sets in the quarter and semi-finals.

"Unfortunately, I couldn’t find my highest level in the final and the best man won on the day. But I’m looking forward now to getting some more match play under my belt in Bolton.”

Back in the world’s top five this week for the first time since December 2018, he is top seed for the mens singles at the Bolton Indoor, a tournament he has also won twice before. The event continues until Saturday.

He will also be seeking back-to-back doubles titles in Bolton after partnering Alfie to their first title together in Rotterdam.

The world’s top-ranked doubles pairing since winning their first Australian Open title as a pairing, Gordon and Alfie beat Wimbledon champions Gerard and Olsson 6-3, 6-3 to reach the final before defeating reigning Paralympic champions Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer of France 6-1, 4-6, (10-5)  after a deciding match tiebreak.

After winning his fourth doubles title in Rotterdam to maintain his and Alfie’s unbeaten partnership for 2020, doubles world no.2 Gordon added: “I thought myself and Alfie performed very well as a team again this week. We had the perfect start to the year in doubles in Australia, so it was important for us to keep the momentum flowing in Rotterdam.”

He partners another fellow Brit, Dermot Bailey, in the mens doubles at Bolton.