6 September 2019
Hewett and Reid licking their lips in Big Apple
Flushing Meadows is a happy hunting ground for Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett and the British duo will draw on a bank of fond memories as they go for US Open doubles glory.
Reid and Hewett have emerged as champions from the last two editions of the Grand Slam event, with Reid also victorious the previous year, and French Open champions Gustavo Fernandez and Shingo Kunieda stand in the way of a third.
The Argentine and Japanese pairing present a huge challenge, with Fernandez having scooped three Grand Slam titles this season alone and sitting top of the world rankings.
Norwich-born Hewett, 21, won last year’s singles titles to add to the two doubles triumphs and believes a sterling record in New York will serve the pair well.
“It brings a lot of confidence when there’s so many great memories to take from this place,” he said.
“I always get excited to come back, whether it’s singles or whether it’s on the court with Gordon.
“We’ve won it both times we’ve been here together, so to reach another doubles final is something we’re both really, really proud of.”
The British contingent did not have it all their own way on the second day of wheelchair and quad action stateside.
Hewett was stopped in his tracks by the rain, leading Shingo Kunieda 4-1 in the first set of his quarter-final before the weather intervened.
French Open finalist Reid was knocked out of the wheelchair singles in the quarter-finals, falling to 4-6 6-4 6-1 defeat to France’s Stéphane Houdet.
And quad star Andy Lapthorne has work to do after defeat in his second quad wheelchair singles round-robin match to Australia’s Dylan Alcott.
Lapthorne, edged out by Alcott in the Wimbledon final two months ago, surged into the lead with a 6-0 win in the first set but succumbed to defeat.
He faces Bryan Barten in his final round-robin match, with the top two advancing to Sunday’s final.
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