12 October 2020
Hewett completes French Open Grand Slam double
Alfie Hewett secured a second French Open title of his career after beating Belgium’s Joachim Gerard in the men’s wheelchair singles final.
Hewett defeated the world no.4 ranked Gerard 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to regain the title he first won in 2017, having earlier won the men’s doubles title alongside Gordon Reid.
After narrowly losing out in last month’s US Open singles final, his latest victory represents a fourth Grand Slam singles title for the 22-year-old.
“I hope to get a good pizza in tonight to celebrate,” Hewett said. “To not only have us on the Suzanne Lenglen Court today but also having us here in what has been a very difficult year has been amazing.
“It’s amazing to come here today and get the double, especially when it was looking unlikely that the event was even going to be on – thank you to everyone who made this possible.”
Hewett receives the French Open title alongside runner-up Joachin Gerard
It continues a dominant period of form for the world No.3 ranked played, who just 24 hours earlier completed a clean sweep of doubles titles from the three slams available this year with Reid.
The British pair beat defending champions Gustavo Fernandez and Shingo Kunieda on a match tie-break, winning 7-6 (7-4), 1-6, 10-3.
Elsewhere it wasn’t to be for fellow ParalympicsGB teammates Andy Lapthorne and Jordanne Whiley who lost in the men’s quad singles final and the women’s wheelchair doubles final respectively.
Lapthorne lost out to his doubles partner and defending champion Dylan Alcott 6-2, 6-2, while Whiley and Yui Kamiji saw their title challenge end with defeat Dutch top seeds Diede de Groot and Aniek van Koot 7-6(2), 3-6, 10-8.
Joint the ParalympicsGB movement
The ParalympicsGB movement