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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Norfolk schoolboy Alfie Hewett has continued his domination of the junior circuit in wheelchair tennis by winning two titles for the third year in succession.
Hewett, a 16-years-old student at Acle Academy, won both the singles and doubles titles at the 2014 Cruyff Foundation Junior Masters in Tarbes, France. This continued his previous success, after claiming both those titles in the 2012 and 2013 tournaments as well.
The world number one ranked junior becomes the first Briton to win the boys’ singles titles for a third time by beating Spain’s Martin de la Puente in the final, overtaking current British mens’ number one Gordon Reid’s record, who claimed back-to-back wins in 2008 and 2009.
To open his singles tournament, Hewett played De la Puene in the group stage, and won in three sets 6-1, 6-7(5), 6-2. He then played Chris Herman of the USA, winning 6-2, 6-2.
Hewett’s final group game saw him dispatch the South African Thato Tsomole 6-1, 6-3, to finish top of his group. This set-up a semi-final encounter against his doubles partner, Austria’s Nico Langmann, and he eventually prevailed 7-5, 6-0.
The final against De la Puene was much more straightforward than their meeting four days earlier, as Hewett won 6-1, 6-4 to claim the title.
Hewett and Langmann then won the doubles title after beating Chris Herman and Dutchman Carlos Anker 6-1, 6-3 in the final. Langmann is also the third different partner that Hewett has won the tournament with, since his first victory in 2012.
After retaining his titles, Hewett said: “I’m really happy to become the first Brit to win the title for the third time after a tough week and I’m delighted to make it a hat-trick of titles in the doubles too.”