Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett have won the men’s wheelchair doubles title at Wimbledon for a second consecutive year after a pulsating 6-7(5) 7-5 7-6(3) success over Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer.
It was a rain-interrupted contest that took nearly three hours to complete, but it was the British pair, roared on by a vociferous home crowd on No.3 Court, who held their nerve in a tense decider to record another impressive triumph.
“We don’t like to do it the easy way, that’s for sure,” remarked Reid with a smile after the match. “The crowd was amazing, I’ve been playing wheelchair tennis for 12 years now and never once did I think we would fill a stadium out like this - especially when the women’s singles final is happening on Centre Court.”
The teams split the first two sets and the decider was a dramatic affair. Reid and Hewett served for the match on two occasions but they were unable to seal the deal - despite having match-points - and they eventually became embroiled in an unwelcome tiebreak.
The defending champions regrouped in the shootout and they quickly established control. They opened up a 6-2 lead and converted their fifth match-point to secure victory and delight the home support.
Report by Graham Semple