Tuesday, 16 February 2021 13:07

Gordon and Alfie make history

Written by Marshall Thomas

HELENSBURGH'S Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett claimed their second successive Australian Open mens doubles wheelchair tennis title together today as they secured a record-equalling tenth career Grand Slam title with a 7-5, 7-6(3) victory over French second seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer at Melbourne Park. 

Alfie, who plays Belgium’s Joachim Gerard for the singles title tomorrow, said: “It feels amazing, To go back-to-back, it's an awesome feeling, especially with the situation at the moment, not knowing how many opportunities we're going to have to compete this year.

“Gordon really kept us together in this match. His level was consistently high. His movement around the court was really, really good. I was a bit wobbly at times, I came in and out. But as a pair, we were really clinical when it mattered.” 

Little separated the two partnerships throughout the mens doubles final, but Gordon held serve comfortably for a 6-5 lead in the opening set and Alfie put away a forehand drive volley on the first of their two set points in the next game.

Alfie’s forehand continued to win crucial points towards the business end of the second set, but it was a sublime backhand down the line that finally put the seal on an historic victory.

For Gordon it was a third Australian Open doubles title since 2017 as he and Alfie joined Laurie and Reginald Doherty as Britain’s most successful Grand Slam doubles partnership of all time, the brothers having won their ten Grand Slam titles between 1897 and 1905.

The burgh man said: The first I heard of it — the record — was Alfie telling me after the match point, which was a surprise to me. Obviously it's been an amazing ride.

"When we first started playing together Alfie was just a young kid coming up, finishing school. I think I was no.1 in the world doubles at the time.

"It was a bit of gamble, to be honest, at that stage. But obviously one that I'm happy I took. It's paying off nicely for us now.”