16 February 2021

Hewett and Reid defend Australian Open title

Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid defended their Australian Open men’s wheelchair doubles title after defeating Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer 7-5 7-6 (3) in a repeat of last year’s final.

In doing so they are now Britain’s most successful doubles pairing winning a record-equalling 10th Grand Slam title together having also won at last year’s US and French Opens.

Hewett will be back on court tomorrow to take on Joachin Gerard after he progressed through to the singles final after a straight sets victory over Shingo Kunieda, winning 6-3, 6-4.

Meanwhile, in the women’s wheelchair doubles final, Lucy Shuker and Kgothatso Montjane lost out to Dutch number one seeds, Diede de Groot and Aniek van Koot, 6-4, 6-1.

And after taking a break from tennis after October’s French Open Andy Lapthorne was back in action in the quad doubles final alongside David Wagner.

However it wasn’t to be for Lapthorne losing to home favourites Dylan Alcott and Heath Davidson 6-2, 3-6, 10-7.

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