Norwich tennis star Alfie Hewett relishing the stardom of Wimbledon triumph
PUBLISHED: 07:58 11 July 2016 | UPDATED: 07:58 11 July 2016
The life of Norwich-born wheelchair tennis star Alfie Hewett has been turned upside down by his wonderful Wimbledon success.
Winning the men’s doubles title alongside British number one Gordon Reid has catapulted the 18-year-old to new fame – after their epic final victory was shown live on terrestrial television.
Hewett and Reid beat the French pairing of Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer 4-6 6-1 7-6 (8-6) in a dramatic encounter that saw them almost let a 5-2 lead slip in the deciding set.
“It’s just been going crazy,” the City College Norwich student said following his title joy.
“The amount of people who have messaged me, it’s really nice to see that people do appreciate the sport and took so much interest in the match.
“People were saying that the match should have been on a bigger court – and hopefully Gordon and I have maybe inspired some people to think differently about disability sport.”
The duo are set to represent Great Britain at the Paralympics in Rio and Hewett, from Cantley, near Acle, hopes this triumph boosts their medal hopes ahead of a potential September rematch.
“I always said to my team at home that if there was one moment that I wanted to beat the French pair, then it would be at Wimbledon,” he continued. “We went into it having never beaten them, so it gave them a psychological edge, and now we have beaten them.”
After attending the traditional Wimbledon Champions’ Dinner last night, Hewett was due to appear on This Morning on ITV today but admitted he was keen to return home to celebrate with his friends and family.
The Norwich City fan would like the chance to celebrate with Canaries fans as well, adding: “I would love if it if we could get on the pitch at Carrow Road, that’s something I’ve always wanted to do!
“Now that I’m Wimbledon doubles champion, hopefully that will help.”
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