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Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid retain Wimbledon wheelchair doubles crown

PUBLISHED: 18:33 15 July 2017 | UPDATED: 18:36 15 July 2017

Alfie Hewett (right) and Gordon Reid celebrate beating Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer in the Gentlemen's Wheelchair Doubles Final on day twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.  Picture: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Alfie Hewett (right) and Gordon Reid celebrate beating Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer in the Gentlemen's Wheelchair Doubles Final on day twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Picture: Adam Davy/PA Wire

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Norfolk’s Alfie Hewett and British number one Gordon Reid have retained the wheelchair men’s doubles title at Wimbledon.

The pair lost the first set 6-7(5) to France’s Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer, but they came back to win the next two 7-5 7-6(3).

The crowd jumped to their feet and shouted for the pair, who won the doubles title last year too.

Hewett, 19, from Cantley, near Acle, took to Twitter to say: “Well, well, well, that was simply incredible. Wimbledon doubles champions for the second consecutive year. Amazing support, I’ll never forget.”

Reid, 25, said: “Look at this crowd, listen to it. You guys are amazing.

Alfie Hewett celebrates winning the wheelchair doubles final alongside Gordon Reid for the second consecutive year. Picture: PA Alfie Hewett celebrates winning the wheelchair doubles final alongside Gordon Reid for the second consecutive year. Picture: PA

“I have been playing wheelchair tennis now for 12 years and never once did I think we would fill a stadium out in Wimbledon like this.

“Especially as the women’s singles final was happening on Centre Court, we had all you guys watching us, supporting us, so hope you enjoyed the match.”

He said he hoped the win would inspire more disabled young people to take up the sport.

The pair then draped themselves in a Union Flag before lifting the trophy on Number Three Court.

Both Reid and Hewett, 19, were knocked out of the wheelchair men’s singles competition earlier in the week.

Spectators with tennis themed hats  watchAlfie Hewett and Gordon Reid in action in the Gentleman's Wheelchair Doubles final on day twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.  Picture: Adam Davy/PA Wire Spectators with tennis themed hats watchAlfie Hewett and Gordon Reid in action in the Gentleman's Wheelchair Doubles final on day twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Picture: Adam Davy/PA Wire

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