'It's special' - Alfie Hewett makes it a hat-trick of Wimbledon titles
PUBLISHED: 13:37 15 July 2018 | UPDATED: 13:37 15 July 2018
Norfolk wheelchair tennis star Alfie Hewett made it a hat-trick of Wimbledon titles as he partnered Gordon Reid to their third successive doubles title at SW19.
Hewett, from Cantley, and Reid cruised to a 6-1, 6-4 win over Belgium’s Joachim Gerard and Stefan Olsson of Sweden to ensure the pair remain unbeaten at Wimbledon in the doubles. It was also their fourth grand slam title together after they won the 2017 US Open.
Asked how this win measures up against their other titles, Hewett said: “I think they’re all special. Every year to come back and win it, it’s tougher each year.
“People kind of expect you just to win it. We know that’s not the case. There are a lot of strong guys out there. Yesterday’s match and even today’s match kind of proved how strong the field is.”
Hewett and Reid thrilled a near capacity crown on court three, stringing together six games in a row in the first set with Hewett sealing it with a fine forehand winner. The defending champions then earned the first break of the second set for a 3-1 lead as Olsson sent a forehand long over the Brits’ baseline.
However, their record of successive service holds came to an end in the very next game and Gerard and Olsson went on to level the set at 3-3.
The seventh game had everything for the appreciative crowd, with Olsson tipping out his tennis chair mid-rally before regaining his equilibrium and he and Gerard won the point and then the game to lead for the first time.
However, Hewett and Reid regrouped to move to within a game of another SW19 title and Olsson missed a volley at the net to bring up Championship point. With Gerard serving to stay in the match, Reid sent a looping forehand return back at him, the shot catching the line to secure the trophy for the Brits.
The pair next travel to Nottingham for this week’s British Open ‘Super Series’ event, and Hewett says the pair will head there full of confidence.
“Moments like today really build us as a team,” he said. “We’ll go into next week with that confidence, just try and enjoy it, to be honest. There’s a lot of pressure, a little bit of a stressful situation the last couple of days. Next week is a chance to get back on the court and just enjoy it.”