Two titles for Hewett, who gives the best a run for their money

Cantley's Alfie Hewett is looking forward to another busy summer after claiming three titles at the National Wheelchair Tennis Championships in Gloucester.

The 13-year-old comfortably retained his Lord's Taverners junior boys' singles title, while adding the junior doubles title, but it was in the men's main draw singles and doubles where Hewett gave notice of his bright future as won seven matches, losing just twice.

Hewett dropped just two games throughout the entire junior event, defeating Kent's former champion Ian Payne 6-2 in the second of his four singles matches. He then partnered Hertfordshire's Ella Beaumont to successive 6-0 victories en route to the junior doubles title.

'It wasn't the toughest of challenge in the junior event this year and I got through it quite comfortably, but I enjoyed playing my extra matches, so it's nice to be retain my title,' said Hewett.

As the youngest player in the men's main draw, Hewett was drawn against two-time Paralympic quad singles champion Peter Norfolk for his opening singles match and acquitted himself well, despite a 6-3 6-1 loss. Hewett went on to claim two straight sets victories to win the men's main draw consolation singles.


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Norfolk went on to win the national singles and doubles titles, but it was Hewett and his doubles partner Josh Steels who threatened to derail Norfolk's dual title challenge as they took the first set of their semi-final against the Hampshire duo of Norfolk and Andy McErlean – who Hewett beat to the consolation title.

'Altogether it was a great weekend,' said the Acle High School pupil. 'To play Peter in the first round was in one way bad, but it was also a great experience to play someone of his standard. I played well and he's a very good player.

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'As for the doubles, I couldn't believe we won the first set to be honest. They showed their experience, but again it was a great experience for me.'

Hewett and Steels won both the men's second draw doubles at the British Open and the doubles event at the International Junior Camp in the Netherlands last year, with them jointly named junior player of the year by the National Wheelchair Tennis Association of Great Britain at the 2011 championships.

This year's British Open in Nottingham at the end of July is next up, followed by the International Junior Camp the following week, in Belgium.

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