Alfie Hewett ready to seize his big chances in first ever wheelchair singles at Wimbledon
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Alfie Hewett will help to make history at Wimbledon this week and is hoping to make the most of his big opportunity.
The City College Norwich student has been given a wildcard for the first ever men's wheelchair singles at SW19 and is preparing for Thursday's quarter-finals with plenty of confidence.
That comes from the 18-year-old's good form, including winning the Korea Open, lifting him to number 10 in the world rankings.
'It's been an incredible year. My recent form suggests I can do anything in this tournament, I can definitely win it,' said Hewett, as he practised at the Virgin Active courts on Drayton High Road.
'I'm in good shape right now, I'm hitting the ball well, I'm confident and I'm just really looking forward to playing there.'
Hewett, from Cantley, near Acle, made his Wimbledon debut last year when he competed in the doubles with much more experienced players, being beaten in the third-place play-off when playing alongside Belgium's Joachim Gerard.
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The former Acle High School pupil does not yet know who he will face on Thursday but knows he faces tough competition, as he competes with the world's top seven.
'I'm looking forward to playing in my second Wimbledon, it's a great place to be,' Hewett continued. 'I love the crowds, the experience of being at Wimbledon with my family and friends there as well, so I'm very excited to be there.
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'I'm not going to put too much expectation on how I perform. With it being the first time the wheelchair event has had the singles, I think it's anyone's game, no one knows what style to play at Wimbledon.
'If you look at previous tournaments, – Roland Garos, Australian Open – players know how they need to play in order to win. Everyone has their strengths, everyone has their weaknesses.
'We know movement is going to be tough, so a lot of players are going to be mixing it up a lot with drop shots and slices. The ball is going to die so it's going to be tough for us to move on to it the way we like to. So it's anyone's game and I'm feeling good going into it.'
Hewett has also been selected to represent Great Britain at the Paralympics in Rio later this year.