Gordon Reid wins dramatic Wimbledon wheelchair men’s doubles final

first_imgGordon Reid and his partner Alfie Hewett won the Wimbledon wheelchair men’s doubles title in dramatic fashion on Saturday.The home favourites and second seeds got the better of French players Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer, winning 4-6 6-1 7-6 (8/6) on Court 17.Reid, who also plays in the inaugural men’s singles final on Sunday, and Hewett had put themselves in a strong position at 5-2 in front in the deciding set, but almost let the match slip away.Both British players dropped serve, and the momentum looked to be all with top seeds Houdet and Peifer heading into the tie-break. But 24-year-old Reid and Hewett, 18, just about kept their nerve to get over the winning line.Serving at match point, leading 6-4 in front in the tie-break, Hewett initially made a mess of his ball toss and then horribly miscued with his first serve, which bounced on his side of the net and hopped over.He gathered sufficient composure to land the second ball in court, but then flung a forehand into the net.When Hewett netted again it was 6-6. But he redeemed himself by firing a big forehand winner for a mini-break of the Peifer serve, and when Houdet sliced Reid’s serve into the net the British pair embraced in celebration.last_img read more