Monday, 24 January 2022 11:45

Gordon and Alfie in doubles final

Written by Marshall Thomas

HELENSBURGH'S Gordon Reid and partner Alfie Hewett had a successful second day of wheelchair tennis competition at the Australian Open today.

The reigning champions  booked their place in their third successive mens doubles final at Melbourne Park after the 13-time Grand Slam winners fought back from 4-2 and 5-3 down in the opening set of their semi-final against Tom Egberink of the Netherlands and Australian Ben Weekes to close out a 7-5 6-2 victory in an hour and 30 minutes.

Gordon, who slotted home a forehand down the line winner to seal match point, said: We struggled at the start just with a bit of concentration and while trying to figure out the way that we wanted to approach the match, but we finished the first set pretty strongly and then played the big points well in the second set.” 

Alfie added: I think we just needed to make more balls in court. It's as simple as that, really. We made a few too many unforced errors in the first couple of games.

"It’s a little bit breezy and it was quite swirly on the courts, so we were just trying to keep the ball in play and be smart with our placement.

"It was a lot better after the second game and then a couple of really crucial points in that second set were the difference between it being 5-2 or 3-all.” 

They will play Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez and Shingo Kunieda of Japan in Wednesday's final.

  • Photo courtesy LTA.