Wheelchair tennis ace Alfie on top of the world

18:01 01 February 2013

Andy Murray may just have fallen short in his quest for another major title but just days after officially being confirmed as the world number one ranked junior, wheelchair tennis player Alfie Hewett, from Cantley, retained both his singles and doubles titles at the ITF 2013 Cruyff Federation Junior Masters in Tarbes, France.

The youngest winner of the singles title at the age of 14 last year, and only the second Brit to do so, Alfie withstood the pressures of being top seed and favourite to beat Carlos Anker of the Netherlands in the final 6-0, 6-1.

Hewett made another confident start in his final against Anker building a commanding 4-0 lead before wrapping up the opening set in just 19 minutes.

The second set started with some closer exchanges and Anker got his first game of the match on the board to trail 2-1, but Hewett was soon back in command.

The Brit raced through the rest of the set and made no mistake on his third match point to close out victory after 46 minutes.

The previous day, Alfie had beaten room-mate and doubles partner Chris Herman (USA) in the semi-final of the singles 6-3, 6-1, but they later combined to take the doubles title.

Up against Anker and Nico Langmann (AUS), Alfie and Chris won 6-2, 7-5.

“It’s been another good week here in Tarbes and I did what I had to do today, so I’m very happy to retain my titles,” said Hewett.

“At 5-1 up I had the matchpoints and at that stage the crowd and the atmosphere was great and I think I just got carried away with it all, but I got myself back on track.

“Obviously I came here as world No. 1 junior and there are people who watched me here last year, so there’s definitely been some pressure to do it again and I’m pleased that I have.”

Ash Smith, the Tennis Foundation’s Performance Development Coach said: “Last year he was the underdog and there was no pressure on him, but this year he’s come to Tarbes with a level of expectation, so to have retained both the singles and doubles titles in the way he has is very impressive.”

In Group 1 of the boys’ singles Alfie began his title defence with a 6-0, 6-1 win over South Africa’s Thato Tsomole.

Hewett ended the day by beating Martin de La Puente of Spain 6-0, 6-0 in which the 15-year-old won 95pc of the points played on his first serve.

In the final group match, Alfie beat Anker 6-0, 6-0, who he later met in the final. In the doubles Alfie and Chris Herman beat Spain’s M de la Puente and G Lekhanyane of South Africa 6-2, 6-0 in the semi-final.


Other Great Yarmouth sport

Yesterday, 08:04

Monday’s draw for the second round of the Buildbase FA Vase will feature at least one Norfolk team – as Thetford and Great Yarmouth face each other this afternoon.

Frankie Dettori has been the darling of Great Yarmouth racecourse for many years and fittingly closed the 2016 season there with a stunning 53/1 double yesterday.

Tue, 12:09

Gorleston FC has confirmed that its Thurlow Nunn League fixture with Thetford at Emerald Park tonight has been postponed.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Norwich City and Lowestoft will face each other in the final qualifying round of the SSE Women’s FA Cup.

Most Read

Mon, 17:57

Clowns have been banned from a popular circus after a spate of pranksters dressing up as clowns has caused alarm across the region.

Read more
Peter Jay
Thu, 20:08

A hotel near Great Yarmouth’s seafront has been sold, nearly two years after it was put up for sale.

Read more
Mon, 13:12

A car veered so far off the road this morning that it required a police search to locate it.

Read more
Wed, 18:08

Police are appealing for witnesses after a road traffic collision in Gorleston this morning.

Read more
Mon, 17:55

Emergency services remained for some time at the scene of a “serious incident” on Salisbury Road in Great Yarmouth.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 11°C

Digital Edition


Enjoy the Great
Yarmouth Mercury

e-edition today


Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up