Norwich student plays in Wimbledon final today

Alfie Hewett pictured in action at Wimbledon. Picture: Steve Paston/PA Wire

Alfie Hewett pictured in action at Wimbledon. Picture: Steve Paston/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Norfolk's wheelchair tennis star Alfie Hewett sealed a place in the men's doubles final at Wimbledon yesterday.

Partnering British number one Gordon Reid, the 18-year-old City College Norwich student helped beat Joachim Gerard and Gustavo Fernandez 6-4 6-2 in their semi-final.

The result was particularly satisfying for Hewett, from Cantley near Acle, having been beaten 6-0 6-4 by Gerard in the singles quarter-final on Thursday.

The British duo looked comfortable for most of the match, backed by an enthusiastic crowd on court 17. They can now look forward to more of that support in today's final.

They will face top seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer in the final on Saturday, with the Frenchmen beating Stefan Olsson and Maikel Scheffers 5-7 6-1 7-6 (8-6) in the other semi-final.

'Last year I was on the other side of the net to Gordon and lost so it was great to play with him this year and win with him,' said Hewett afterwards. 'Today was a real test to see how we would do as a pairing on this surface and I think we adapted well to the conditions and we're confident going into the final. '

Reid, from Glasgow, had earlier earned a place in Wimbledon history by reaching the inaugural first men's singles final.

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Wheelchair tennis has been a feature of the tournament since 2001, but only doubles has been contested until this year, and left-hander Reid put himself one win away from the title by beating Belgian second seed Gerard. The Glasgow-based 24-year-old earned a 7-6 (11/9) 6-4 victory on Court 17, sealing his victory when Gerard flicked a backhand over the baseline.

Reid began the year by landing the Australian Open singles title, and followed up by reaching last month's French Open final where he lost to Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina. In his third grand slam singles final of the year, the Scot will tackle Swede Olsson who upset veteran French top seed Stephane Houdet, winning 3-6 6-3 6-3.

Speaking about his singles success, Reid said: 'It's massive for me. Going in here I knew how much of a milestone it was for our sport, to finally have a singles event at Wimbledon. To be going into the final now and having the opportunity to try and win the first ever singles title is very big.'

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