17 May 2019
Golden glory for Reid, Hewett and Bailey
Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett enacted emphatic revenge as they toppled Nicolas Peifer and Stephane Houdet to take BNP Paribas World Team Cup gold along with Dermot Bailey.
The GB duo were defeated agonisingly by their French counterparts in the doubles final in the Rio Paralympics, but wrapped up victory in double-quick time to cap a record medal haul for the team in Israel.
Rio 2016 singles gold medallist Reid got things off to the perfect start for GB, racking up a 6-1 first set win against Peifer to put him firmly in control of the final’s opening match.
A tighter affair ensued in the second, but Reid held his nerve to edge a deciding tie-break 7-3 to leave GB needing just one win to triumph in the best-of-three format.
After watching on as his teammate delivered the goods, Hewett seemingly resolved that anything Reid could do, he could do better, notching a 6-0 first set win over Houdet in the following match.
Once again, it was a trickier process in the second, but a 7-5 win made sure of the gold.
Saturday’s triumph comes after the women’s team of Jordanne Whiley, Lucy Shuker, Louise Hunt and Cornelia Oosthuizen took bronze, while there was also silver in the junior competition.
The result matches GB’s best performance at the tournament, replicating the feat of 2012 and capping an historic week in Israel.
6 June 2019
Reid beats top seed to make French Open final
7 May 2019
Shuker and Whiley on collision course at Israel Open
25 April 2019
Reid and Hewett defeated in Japan Open doubles semi-finals
24 April 2019
Reid and Hewett push for doubles glory in Japan
18 April 2019