Friday, 21 January 2022 15:31

Gordon in action in Australian Open

Written by

HELENSBURGH'S Gordon Reid and doubles partner Alfie Hewett could meet in the mens singles semi-finals at the Australian Open after the two Brits were drawn to play Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina and Stephane Houdet of France on Sunday’s opening day of wheelchair tennis competition at the first Grand Slam of 2022.

Gordon and Alfie have both beaten world no.3 Fernandez at the first two tournaments of the year before facing world no.1 Shingo Kunieda in the finals of the Victorian Open and the Melbourne Open.

World no.4 Gordon, who won the first Grand Slam singles title of his career at the 2016 Australian Open, said: “It’s always nice coming out here when it’s a little bit cold and rainy back home and get a bit of sunshine in the Aussie summer.

"It’s been a challenging last couple of the months back home with injuries, so my time on court has been limited, but it was a good effort to get to the final in the first tournament of the year at the Victorian Open.

"Sometimes when you’re not feeling your best it’s about finding a way to win. I’ve got a good record against Stephane recently and it will be a tough challenge, but I’m looking forward to getting out there.” 

Gordon and Alfie, who made history in 2021 by becoming the first mens wheelchair doubles partnership to complete a calendar Grand Slam as they extended their winning sequence to eight Grand Slam titles in a row, begin the defence of their Australian Open title on Monday against Tom Egberink of the Netherlands and Ben Weekes of Australia.  

Also women’s doubles finalist at Wimbledon in 2021, Shuker renews a doubles partnership with Japan’s Yui Kamiji that has seen them reach four finals and win two titles in six tournaments together. Second seeds at Melbourne Park, Shuker and Kamiji play Zhu and Jiske Griffioen of the Netherlands in Monday’s scheduled women’s doubles semi-finals. 

They are both supported by the LTA’s Wheelchair Tennis Performance Pathway.

  • Photo courtesy LTA.