Gordon Reid

Gordon Reid

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Gordon Reid is the reigning Paralympic Champion in the men’s singles competition.

A keen tennis player, Gordon relished the opportunity to remain in the sport when he discovered wheelchair tennis after developing a rare neurological condition, transverse myelitis, in 2004.

He first began playing wheelchair tennis in 2005, when he was introduced to the sport at Scotstoun Leisure Centre in Glasgow. He was acknowledged for his sporting credentials in 2006, when he was among the 10 shortlisted finalists for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year.

In 2007, Gordon became Britain’s youngest men’s singles National Champion. A part of Great Britain’s winning junior team at the 2007 World Team Cup, in 2015 he led Great Britain to a first ever senior men’s title at the World Team Cup.

He made his Paralympic debut at Beijing 2008, and at London 2012 he progressed to the semi-finals in the men’s singles competition. He matched this achievement in the doubles, where he took to the courts at Eton Manor with team-mate Marc McCarroll.

In 2015 Gordon won his first two Grand Slam titles in doubles and also became the first British men’s wheelchair player to earn a world No. 1 senior ranking after becoming world no.1 in men’s doubles. In 2014 and 2015 Gordon was named Tennis Scotland International Player of the Year, sharing the accolade with Andy Murray in 2015. 

In January 2016 Gordon made history again as the first British men’s wheelchair tennis player to win a Grand Slam singles title when he won the Australian Open. Later that summer he made history  at the All England Club to win the first ever men’s singles title at Wimbledon, where he also won the men’s double’s title alongside team-mate Alfie Hewett.

Gordon celebrated his greatest Paralympic Games to date at Rio 2016, where he claimed a podium spot in both the singles and doubles competitions.

In the men’s doubles he continued his successful partnership with Alfie Hewett to take silver, with France’s Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer, the duo they defeated for their first Wimbledon title earlier this year, narrowly taking gold with a score of 6-2, 4-6, 6-1.

In the men’s singles final he found himself on the other side of the net from Hewett, but Gordon’s Games experience came to the fore as he claimed victory with a score of 6-2, 6-1.

Their success in Rio helped to ensure that GB’s wheelchair tennis players made their mark on the international stage, claiming one gold, three silver and two bronze medals. 

Gordon also enjoys wheelchair basketball and has previously represented Scotland as part of the under-25 team.

Major Results

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

  • Men’s singles: Gold
  • Men’s doubles (with Alfie Hewett): Silver

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