French Open 2020: Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett win wheelchair doubles title

Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett
Reid (right) has also won the French Open doubles competition twice with Kunieda

Britain’s Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett completed a clean sweep of men’s wheelchair doubles Grand Slam titles in 2020 by winning the French Open.

The pair beat defending champions Gustavo Fernandez and Shingo Kunieda on a match tie-break, winning 7-6 (7-4) 1-6 10-3 in Paris.

It is their third Grand Slam win this year after victory at the US Open last month and in January’s Australian Open.

Wimbledon did not take place in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The duo fought back from 5-2 down and three set points down to take the opening set.

They could not find their way back from 5-0 down in the second set, but dominated the match tie-break to take their unbeaten winning streak for 2020 to 16 matches and seven tournaments.

The win gives Reid and Hewett a ninth Grand Slam title as a pair but is the partnership’s first victory at Roland Garros.

“It has been an incredible year for us,” Reid, 29, said.

“We have won every tournament we have played as a doubles team. We are really proud of it because we have put a lot of work in back home.”

Hewett, 22, will bid for a fourth singles Grand Slam title in Saturday’s final against Belgian Joachim Gerard.

Briton Andy Lapthorne and partner Dylan Alcott of Australia had a match point in the second set but ended up losing the men’s quad doubles final 6-4 5-7 8-10 to Sam Schroder and David Wagner. Lapthorne will have the chance to win the singles title on Saturday.

Playing in Paris for the first time since 2017 after maternity leave, Jordanne Whiley will look to secure her third Grand Slam doubles title of the year alongside Japan’s Yui Kamiji after they beat Charlotte Famin and Marjolein Buis 6-0 6-1 in the semi-finals.

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