Sunday, 04 October 2020 14:15

Birthday title for Gordon

Written by Marshall Thomas

HELENSBURGH'S Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett completed ideal preparations for the wheelchair tennis event at Roland Garros after winning both the mens singles and doubles titles between them at the French Riviera Open in Biot in the south of France.

Alfie beat world no.2 and reigning Roland Garros champion Gustavo Fernandez 6-3, 7-6(6) in Saturday’s mens singles final at the ITF 1 Series event. On Friday, he partnered Gordon to win the mens doubles.

Earlier the world no.3 edged past Gordon 7-6(4), 7-6(5) in the semi-finals to end Gordon’s own bid for a hat-trick of French Riviera Open singles titles.

With the French Open wheelchair tennis event starting on Wednesday, Alfie said: “We’ve got 24 hours in quarantine when we arrive in Paris, so I think there’ll be a lot of sleep and food to come. I’m just pumped to get there now, but I couldn’t have asked for a better prep.”

Gordon and Alfie extended their unbeaten 2020 doubles record to 14 matches and six tournaments after beating Belgian second seeds Joachim Gerard and Jef Vandorpe 6-4, 6-0 in the mens doubles final in Biot to give Gordon extra reason to remember his 29th birthday.

The reigning Australian Open and US Open champions will now attempt to complete a career Grand Slam of doubles titles together, having also previously won three Wimbledon titles.

The burgh man, already a two-time Roland Garros doubles champion and twice a singles runner-up to Fernandez in Paris, said: “It’s really good preparation for Roland Garros. We’ve just come back from the US Open, where we won the title as well.

"It was a long break away from events since February, but we’ve come back strongly and we’re confident as a team on court. This has been a really good week for us — we’ve played well and we’re really looking forward to next week.

“We just have to review this week with our coaches, watch some footage of the matches, see what we did well and what we need to improve on, and then just try to continue the success.”

  • Photo: Grégory Picout/French Riviera Open.