Wednesday, 26 January 2022 14:10

Gordon and Alfie make history again

Written by Marshall Thomas

HELENSBURGH'S Gordon Reid and partner Alfie Hewett secured the latest chapter in the tennis history books today at the Australian Open when they won their third successive Australian Open mens wheelchair doubles title, extending their tally of consecutive Grand Slam titles together to nine.

Gordon and Alfie beat old rivals Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina and Shingo Kunieda of Japan 62 46 [10-7] at Melbourne Park.

In winning their 14th title together at one of the sport’s four majors, they surpassed the record of eight consecutive Grand Slam titles in the open era achieved by Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver from Wimbledon 1983 - Roland Garros 1985.

Reflecting on the three Australian Open titles, 14 Grand Slam crowns together, and nine in a row, Gordon said: It means a lot. Yeah, that's pretty amazing when you list it like that.

"You know, I think sometimes we don't let it sink in. Kind of each one as it comes now. We're getting used to it a little bit more. But, yeah, we are just really proud of it."

The burgh man who had to contend with a wrist injury in the lead up to the Australian Open, added: “I think that shows our strength as a team and our mental strength as well that we could find a way to get through the matches this week.” 

They created a 4-2 cushion on their way to taking the opening set but were unable to capitalise on a 4-2 lead in the second as Fernandez and Kunieda forced the deciding match tie-break.

The race to 10 points in the match tie-break saw the Brits battle back from 4-2 down to lead, 5-4, only for a rain delay to interrupt their progress.

However, when play resumed the top seeds soon found their rhythm again to maintain their unbeaten record in Melbourne against Fernandez and Kunieda.  

Alfie said: “We went into it the match tie-break with a bit of momentum shift, going 5-4 up and we thought we'd sort of switched it around. So the rain delay came at a bit of an awkward time.

"We did well, it just shows our strength as a team to bounce back from that and to get the win.”

  • Photo courtesy LTA.