Paralympic Games: Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett were defeated in a wheelchair battle. Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer of France won the Paralympic men’s doubles final, which lasted three hours and 25 minutes at the Ariake Tennis Centre in Tokyo.
Following a heartbreaking three-set doubles defeat in Tokyo, wheelchair tennis stars Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett experienced fresh Paralympic games misery at the hands of French duo Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer.
The British pair, who have beaten finalists in Rio, had to settle for silver medals after a tumultuous match that the seasoned reigning champions stole 7-5 0-6 7-6. (7-3).
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Reid and Hewett overcame a setback to lead the decisive 3-1, but they were unable to capitalise until a tense tie-break went against them.
After losing in the semi-finals on Thursday, they will meet again on Saturday in the bronze medal singles match.
Hewett remarked of Reid being both a teammate and a rival, “There’s no tension at all – this isn’t a new area for us.”
“To be honest, we enjoy it, and when we play against one other, it produces some fantastic tennis because we probably know each other’s game better than anyone else on the tour.”
“I know where he’s going, and he knows where I’m going.” In the end, it’s almost like a game of bluff.”
Following a 6-4 6-2 last-four loss against Dutch top seed Diede De Groot in the women’s tournament, GB star Jordanne Whiley will try to recover singles bronze.
On Saturday, the 29-year-old will compete against another Dutch player, Aniek Van Koot, for the final podium spot.
Whiley made amends later in the tournament by reaching the doubles final with partner Lucy Shuker.
The bronze medalists from Brazil defeated Wang Ziying and Zhu Zhenzhen of China 6-4 6-2 and will compete for gold against top seeds De Groot and Van Koot.
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