UNSTOPPABLE SCOT Gordon Reid rounded off a spectacular weekend of tennis by winning the men’s wheelchair singles against Stefan Olsson at Wimbledon on Sunday.
Reid is the very first Wimbledon wheelchair men’s singles winner in history, as although wheelchair tennis has been played at Wimbledon since 2001, 2016 is the first time men’s and women’s singles have featured.
Reid adds Wimbledon to the Australian Open title he won in January, as well as a runner-up place at the French Open.
— Gordon Reid (@GordonReid91) July 10, 2016
Only a day before his singles win, the 24-year-old tennis star joined Norwich-born Alfie Hewett to smash into the tennis history books, as the two became the first all-Brit pairing to win wheelchair tennis doubles at Wimbledon.
Reid and Hewett defeated top seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicola Peifer in three sets on Saturday, with 18-year-old Hewett excelling to win the pair’s three match points. It was Reid and Hewett’s first Grand Slam tournament together, and one that will go down in history.
“It’s an amazing feeling. I was trying to keep focused at the end and play smart and we managed to nick it there in the tie breaks,” Reid told The Tennis Foundation.
“We both stepped up well and played good tennis when we needed to. It’s not a bad way to start our Grand Slam doubles career together, we’ve put a lot of hard work in over the last few years and it’s paid off big time!”
— Gordon Reid (@GordonReid91) July 9, 2016
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