Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid made tennis history by winning a ninth consecutive
grand slam title at the Australian Open. The British pair defeated Argentina’s
Gustavo Fernández and Shingo Kunieda of Japan 6-2, 4-6, 10-7 in the final of the
wheelchair men’s doubles at Melbourne Park.
Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid have not lost a Slam final together since Wimbledon
in 2019. The pair have won back-to-back calendar Grand Slams since the US Open
two years ago.
Hewett could claim a second title at Melbourne Park when he plays Kunieda in the
singles final on Thursday.
“This kind of records, I think we always take them with a pinch of salt because it’s
a little bit different for us to win a grand slam title than it may be for people in the
other draw,” said Reid. “It’s always nice to hear them but, at the same time, I think we
just focus on what we’re doing and we’re just enjoying each one as it comes. Just
trying to improve and try and push our partnership forward and try and come back
better in the next one.”
Britain’s Lucy Shuker and Japanese partner Yui Kamiji, the second seeds, put up a
good fight against top-ranked Dutch pair Diede De Groot and Aniek Van Koot before
going down just short of two hours 7-5, 3-6, 10-2 in the women’s doubles final.