8 September 2019
Hewett and Lapthorne celebrate US Open singles and doubles success
It was a memorable night for Brits at the US Open as Paralympians Alfie Hewett and Andy Lapthorne both won two titles apiece in their respective divisions in New York.
Lapthorne completed his emotional redemption after turning the tables on rival Dylan Alcott to claim the quad title on a day of dominance for GB wheelchair tennis in Flushing Meadows.
The 28-year-old downed Australian Alcott 6-1 6-0, avenging his Wimbledon final defeat back in July this year, while Hewett also tasted glory with wheelchair singles and doubles titles.
For Lapthorne, it was a fond return to the States – the scene of his only previous quad singles major title back in 2014 – and the perfect way to banish the demons of defeat at the All England Club.
“It’s massive to beat Dylan,” Lapthorne said. “To do it 6-1 6-0 is crazy. I’m massively pleased. He’s one of the best players in our division, he’s world number one for a reason.
“The whole week I've been trying to put my game on the court and hope it matches up, and in the final it did, so I'm really pleased.”
His victory ended Alcott’s unbeaten record this year in the process and was followed by more success in the quad doubles final, where he joined forces with the world No.1.
Lapthorne and Alcott beat Americans David Wagner and Bryan Barten 6-7 (5-7) 6-1 10-6 in the doubles showpiece, making it back-to-back Grand Slam wins after their Wimbledon victory.
Alfie Hewett defended his US Open singles title
Meanwhile, Hewett, 21, retained his wheelchair singles title thanks to a hard-fought 7-6 (11-9) 7-6 (7-5) victory over Frenchman Stephane Houdet after coming through two gruelling tie-breaks.
He then followed up his earlier success in the doubles alongside fellow Briton Gordon Reid, with the Rio 2016 silver medallists defeating Japan’s Shingo Kunieda and Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez.
The pairing fought back from losing the first set to triumph 1-6 6-4 11-9 in a thrilling encounter to ensure they retained their US Open doubles title for a third successive year.
Speaking after his solo triumph, Hewett admitted his form in the States had even come as a surprise to him following a rollercoaster year that has not always gone to plan.
“Winning means a lot to me,” he said. “It’s not been the year I would have hoped for, my ranking has dropped and my performances haven’t been as high as they were.
“To go into this one having not had any warm-up tournaments and not dropping a set all week, it’s something that I didn’t think would actually happen.
“There’s something about coming here every year, I just manage to find some of my best tennis.”
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