Tuesday, 06 October 2020 13:25

Gordon ready for French Open

Written by Marshall Thomas

HELENSBURGH'S Gordon Reid begins his French Open wheelchair tennis campaign tomorrow (Wednesday), aiming to end 2020 unbeaten in Grand Slam doubles competition with partner Alfie Hewett.

With Japan’s world no.1 Shingo Kunieda and Argentine's Gustavo Fernandez set to be the top two seeds for this year’s French Open, it is a possibility that either Gordon or Alfie could be pitched against either Fernandez or Kunieda in the mens singles when the draw is made in Paris tonight.

Equally, the pair could be drawn against each other, as they were in the US Open quarter-finals last month.

World no.5 Gordon demonstrated that he is in form on clay going into his latest French Open challenge after taking Alfie to two tie-breaks in their semi-final in Biot last week.

Meanwhile, both Brits have met Kunieda in Grand Slam finals this season after Gordon contested his second Australian Open title decider in January and Alfie met Kunieda in the US Open final last month.

They arrive in Paris unbeaten in Grand Slam doubles competition since lifting the third of their four US Open titles in New York in 2019. They are also now unbeaten in 14 matches and six tournaments in 2020 after beating Belgian duo Joachim Gerard and Jef Vandorpe 6-4, 6-0 in the mens doubles final in Biot.

Following their latest victory, Gordon said: “It’s really good preparation for Roland Garros. It was a long break away from events between February and the US Open) but we’ve come back strongly and we’re confident as a team on court.

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

While victory at Roland Garros would see Gordon and Alfie complete a career Grand Slam as a doubles partnership, the cancellation of Wimbledon during this most challenging of seasons meant that their hopes of completing the traditional calendar Grand Slam also ended.