Norfolk tennis star Alfie Hewett beaten in Australian Open thriller

Alfie Hewett

Alfie Hewett - Credit: Archant

There was disappointment for Norfolk tennis star Alfie Hewett, after he and his partner were beaten in the wheelchair doubles final at the Australian Open.

The 19-year-old, from Cantley, and partner Gustavo Fernandez, of Argentina, lost in a tie break set to Hewett's former doubles partner and fellow Brit Gordon Reid, who was teamed up with Belgian Joachim Gerard.

Hewett and Fernandez went down 3-6 in the first set, but made a thrilling 6-3 comeback to set up a tie break set. However the pair were then beaten 10-3.

Hewett has become a household name in the past year thanks to his success at Wimbledon and his efforts at the Paralympic Games.

He was chosen as the Young Sports Personality of the Year during the 2015 Norfolk Sports Awards.


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At the time, he had been number one in the World Tennis Junior singles for four years in a row and had progressed to 14th in the World Men's singles.

But 2016 saw Mr Hewett reach new heights, with even more success on the world stage.

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On July 9, he won the men's wheelchair doubles final at Wimbledon, and just over one month later he represented Great Britain at the Rio Paralympics.

It was there that he picked up two silver medals, one in the men's doubles and the other in the men's singles.

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