9 September 2018
Hewett lifts US Open title
Alfie Hewett insists he has played the best tennis of his life in New York after storming to the US Open men’s singles wheelchair title.
The 20-year-old won the doubles event with fellow Brit Gordon Reid on Saturday and he was superb again on the biggest stage a day later – beating Japan’s Shingo Kunieda 6-3 7-5 on Louis Armstrong Stadium.
It is the second singles title of Hewett’s career following his French Open success in 2017 and the seventh overall.
And the Norfolk athlete insists everything clicked into place at the perfect time.
“I felt like I’ve been playing my best tennis this week and last week,” he said.
“There’s something here that’s really clicking for me and I need to put my finger on it and take it into the other Slams.”
The win against top seed Kunieda completes a dream second half of the season for Hewett in Grand Slams, following his doubles title at Wimbledon in July.
Hewett and Reid continued their dominance of men’s doubles with Saturday’s success their second US Open to add to three Wimbledon titles.
And Hewett has now made at least the semi-finals in three of the four Grand Slams.
“I’m so thankful for everyone who watched,” he added.
“We got to play in Louis Armstrong today, and Ashe last night. It was a dream and I’m so thankful for the experience.”
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