Saturday, 11 September 2021 10:03

Gordon aims for calendar slam

Written by Marshall Thomas

HELENSBURGH'S Gordon Reid made a bold bid to try and set up the first all-British US Open final against doubles partner Alfie Hewett in New York, but the world no.5 and Tokyo 2020 bronze medallist ultimately bowed out to Japan’s world no.1 and Tokyo gold medallist Shingo Kunieda 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

World no.2 Alfie will contest his fifth successive US Open mens singles final on Sunday. He has won the New York singles and doubles titles in the same year twice previously and will attempt do the same this year after defeating Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez 6-2, 6-4 on Friday.

He later partnered Gordon to maintain their hopes of securing an unprecedented fifth US Open mens doubles title in a row. 

Twelve-time Grand Slam champions Alfie and Gordon now play Fernandez and Kunieda in today’s mens doubles final as the Brits bid to become the first wheelchair tennis partnership to complete a calendar Grand Slam in men’s doubles.

Gordon said: I think we were clinical, we were business like and we did our job and got on and off as quick as we would and conserved as much energy as we could.

"Obviously, after the disappointment of Tokyo — missing out on the mens doubles gold medal and winning silver — it’s a good opportunity to turn that around.

"A calendar Slam would be an amazing achievement to be part of, so there’s a lot of motivation for this final.” 

The pair have beaten Fernandez and Kunieda 14 times on the 19 occasions they have previously met. That includes four times at the US Open, Alfie and Gordon having won three semi-finals as well as beating Fernandez and Kunieda in the 2019 mens doubles final in New York.

  • Photo by courtesy of LTA.