Monday, 08 November 2021 16:31

Gordon is doubles master

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HELENSBURGH'S Gordon Reid and partner Alfie Hewett claimed their second UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters in Orlando, Florida, at the weekend.

They once again proved a dominant force as doubles partners to complete a year that saw them take their tally of Grand Slam titles to thirteen and become the first men’s doubles wheelchair tennis partnership to complete the calendar Grand Slam.

The top seeds won all three of their Doubles Masters group matches and their semi-final in straight sets to set up a title decider against French second seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer.

While Houdet and Peifer beat Hewett and Reid to the men’s doubles gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympics in September, the Brits rarely looked in trouble in their latest meeting and they repeated their win over the French pairing in the 2017 Doubles Masters final 6-4, 6-1. 

Gordon, for whom it was a second Doubles Masters title with Hewett, but a fourth title overall, said: “I think we picked it up at the start of the second set.

"We had a couple of tight games and it was quite important that we won a couple of games against the wind early on, because it was difficult down one end of the court. But apart from the 4-0 game we closed it out pretty well.

"It was cold and it was windy and pretty quiet, being so late, so we were glad to get it over with in straight sets.

“We were patient and we built the points pretty well, and against the wind we hit out well and defended well and those were key to the win.”

With eight of the world’s top players qualifying for the year-end Masters, Gordon and Alfie were drawn in the same singles round-robin group.

Alfie finished top of the group unbeaten in his three matches and Gordon also advanced to the semi-finals in second place, his only loss in the group coming against Alfie.

However, his hopes of setting up a repeat of the 2017 Masters final between the two Brits ended in his semi-final, which Argentinean second seed Gustavo Fernandez won 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-0. 

In the final world no.2 Alfie beat Fernandez 7-6(6), 4-6, 6-4 to seal his second men’s title.

  • Photo by Phelan Ebenhack/USTA.