Alfie Hewett prepares to make grand slam debut in Wimbledon doubles

Alfie Hewett in action during the Internazionali d’Italia at Foro Italico in Rome. Picture: Laura Ba

Alfie Hewett in action during the Internazionali d’Italia at Foro Italico in Rome. Picture: Laura Baccara - Credit: Laura Baccara

Norfolk youngster Alfie Hewett will face British opposition when he makes his Wimbledon debut in the men's wheelchair doubles on Saturday.

Hewett makes his grand slam debut at the All England Tennis Club alongside Belgium's Joachim Gerard, against Gordon Reid and his French partner Michael Jeremiasz in the semi-final.

The 17-year-old from Cantley, near Acle, is aiming to reach Sunday's final on the famous courts of SW19 – but will see further action if he doesn't win in the semi-finals, as he and Gerard will play in the third-place play-off.

Hewett is the world's number one junior player and has been making rapid progress this year, helping Great Britain's men's team secure an historic first World Group title at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup in Antalya, Turkey in May.

The City College Norwich student also won his first ITF Two Series men's singles title on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, beating his latest world top-10 ranked opponent when winning the Internazionali d'Italia at Foro Italico in Rome.

'I'm really excited for my grand slam debut and was really honoured when Joachim asked me if I would like pair up and enter with him,' said Hewett.

'I'm sure the atmosphere is going to be absolutely buzzing with two Brits on court, so I'm really looking forward to the whole experience. Hopefully we can make a good start and cause an upset.'

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Reid, who partnered Japan's Shingo Kunieda to victory at the French Open last month, is aiming to reach his first Wimbledon final on his fifth visit to The Championships.

The winners of the semi-final will play either two-time defending champions Stephane Houdet of France and Kunieda of Japan or two-time Roland Garros finalists Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina and Nicolas Peifer of France.

'We know everyone's very good and we know Alfie and Joachim will be a tough partnership,' said Reid.