Sunday, 13 September 2020 11:59

Gordon makes US Open history

Written by Marshall Thomas

HELENSBURGH'S Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett showed why they are the world’s top ranked men’s doubles partnership on Saturday’s penultimate day of the US Open Wheelchair Tennis Competition, as they claimed an unprecedented fourth title together in New York.

Also the reigning Australian Open champions, Gordon and Alfie took their tally of Grand Slam men’s doubles titles together to eight after beating French second seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer 6-4, 6-1.

The burgh man, who stretched his own personal tally of US Open doubles titles to five after partnering Houdet to win the 2015 title, said: “It means a lot to both of us. I’ve not lost a doubles match here since 2014, so it’s amazing to have that record.

"At Wimbledon and Roland Garros last year we were pretty disappointed with the results, and we made a big effort with the team at the LTA to make sure we turned things around and improved. I think we can really take pride in our results since then.”

After winning the first two games but then dropping the next three, they got the better of the early momentum swings and attacked Houdet’s serve in the 10th game, the Frenchman producing a double fault to give the Brits three set points.

They only needed the first as Alfie made the most of the ball hitting the net cord and presenting him with the option of a cross court forehand winner, which he put away with pinpoint accuracy.

The defending champions grew in stature to take the first five games of the second set, and two games later they were presented with their first match point.

Alfie made short work of the opportunity as he feigned an overhead smash at the net and calmly put away a delicate drop shot to wrap up a dominant performance.

After winning the first ever wheelchair tennis final to be staged on Arthur Ashe Stadium, Alfie said: “I think there are always going to be patches when you’re not playing your best tennis and there were a couple of games in that first set when I was getting a bit frustrated.

"But then we took control of the match and played the style we wanted to, and in the second set our level definitely went up.

“It’s pretty spectacular to be on Arthur Ashe for a final on a Saturday at midday. That doesn’t come around often, so you’ve got to make the most of it.

“It really means a lot to us as players, for all the work we’ve put in off court and the training with our teams. To perform so consistently well at this tournament, you just have to embrace that."

Gordon is a life member of Helensburgh Tennis Club where he began his career.

  • Photo by courtesy of the Lawn Tennis Association.