Winning start to World Team Cup for Alfie Hewett and GB team in Italy
PUBLISHED: 19:40 03 May 2017 | UPDATED: 19:40 03 May 2017
Two wins in two days has seen Alfie Hewett and Great Britain make a strong start to the BNP Paribas World Team Cup in Italy.
Cantley’s wheelchair tennis star beat Xiaomin Feng 6-1 6-0 as GB’s men beat China 3-0 on the opening day in Sardinia and won again today as part of a 3-0 win over Italy.
The 19-year-old former City College Norwich student teamed up with British number one Gordon Reid, the man he won the Wimbledon doubles title and Paralympic doubles silver medals with in Brazil last summer, to beat Antonio Cippo and Silviu Culea 6-1 6-0.
Along with team-mate Dermot Bailey, who Hewett played alongside as GB won World Team Cup bronze last year, the pair will look to wrap up top spot in Pool B when they face Austria on Thursday as they bid for a place in the semi-finals.
Hewett, who also won the Paralympic singles silver in Rio last year, helped GB to win the Team World Cup for the first time in 2015, in Turkey.
“World Team Cup is always an event I look forward to,” said Hewett, one of nine players selected by the Tennis Foundation for three Great Britain teams in Sardinia. “The teams really get behind everyone and the atmosphere can be great.
“I remember the final in 2015 clearly. It was a great final from both me and Gordon and the support from the French and GB sides made it one to remember.
“However, that year there was no Stephane Houdet (current world number one) so this year it’s going to be a lot tougher if we both manage to reach the final.”