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Aussie Open disappointment for Norfolk star Alfie Hewett

PUBLISHED: 14:15 26 January 2018 | UPDATED: 14:15 26 January 2018

Alfie Hewett, and partner Gordon Reid, were beaten in the Aussie Open doubles final. Picture: Tennis Foundation

Alfie Hewett, and partner Gordon Reid, were beaten in the Aussie Open doubles final. Picture: Tennis Foundation

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Norfolk’s Alfie Hewett was unable to add to his collection of trophies in the Australian Open on Friday.

Hewett, from Cantley, and Britain’s Gordon Reid lost the men’s wheelchair doubles final in straight sets to French second seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer.

The reigning US Open and Wimbledon champions were beaten 6-4 6-2 in one hour and 21 minutes at Melbourne Park.

Top seeds Reid and Hewett blamed unforced errors for defeat in what was a replay of the Wimbledon final.

Hewett, 20, said: “We wanted to get out there and go for it. Maybe at times we went for it too soon.”

“A lot of games came down to percentages,” said 26-year-old Reid.

“They played the bigger points better than us.”

The British pair were both knocked out in the opening round of their singles campaigns in Australia.

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