Wimbledon: Solid bond helps home duo remain unbeaten

Unbeatable wheelchair duo Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett (Picture: Getty Images)
Unbeatable wheelchair duo Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett (Picture: Getty Images)
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Great Britain’s Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid completed a hat-trick of Wimbledon wheelchair doubles titles on Saturday.

They beat Belgium’s Joachim Gerard and Sweden’s Stefan Olsson 6-1 6-4 to take the trophy for a third consecutive year.

Victory on Court Three provided a decent consolation for Hewett, who missed out on a place in the singles final when he lost to defending champion Olsson. It means Hewett, 20, from Norfolk, and 26-year-old Scotsman Reid are still undefeated as a doubles pair at Wimbledon.

“It was one of the best doubles matches we’ve played, and the support from the crowd got us over the line,” said Hewett. “There are some tired shoulders out here today. We just tried to stay in the moment, we didn’t miss a ball in the first set and we expected our level to drop in the second, but we needed to do the basics, keep pushing up the court and I think we did that.”

Reid said the pair’s success was down to their solid bond and an understanding forged over several years.

“We’ve been playing together about four years now. We keep getting better every year as a partnership,” he said.

“There’s not too many teams that are actually sticking together each tournament at the moment, apart from maybe us and the French guys. I think that’s something that really helped us over the years.

“I think we make ourselves very hard to beat.

“We kind of said before, last year was going to be hard to beat. I think today was even better. There were certain stages in that match where there were very few seats left inside the court. That’s awesome for us. They were as loud as ever.”