Wheelchair tennis champion Gordon Reid has described his recent triumph alongside fellow Brit Alfie Hewett at the Australian Open as the most special yet. The top seeds defended their men’s wheelchair doubles title with victory over Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer of France in the final, 7-5 7-6 (7-3).
“It’s a special one, especially under the circumstances of the pandemic,” Reid said. “We didn’t even know a few months ago if we would be here competing at all so the fact we managed to get out here and bring home the title is a really great feeling.”
“We’re in a really privileged position to be able to travel and compete so quarantine was a small price to pay to come here and enjoy the Australian summer and play tennis,” he added. “We’ve just tried to make the most of it really – this year is a special and unique experience this year and we’re just trying to cherish the moments we get on the court.”
“When we first started to play together Alfie (Hewett) was a kid who had just finished at school and I was World Number 1 at Doubles.” he continued. “So it was a big risk for me to commit to the doubles with Alfie but it’s obviously a decision I am glad I made. All the hard work we’ve put in with over the years is paying off and obviously 2021 has started in the perfect way.”