Hewett’s title defence brought to swift end in battle of the Brits at French Open
Alfie Hewett’s defence of his French Open singles title was brought to a swift end by fellow British player Gordon Reid in the men’s wheelchair quarter-finals.
The 20-year-old world number one, from Cantley, was beaten 6-4 6-4 by Reed at Roland Garros on Thursday. Hewett had saved match point on deuce with Reid at 5-3 in the second set but then couldn’t hold serve to level the set.
His chances of more silverware in Paris are not over yet though as he teams up with Scottish player Reid in the doubles semi-finals on Friday.
They face Frederic Cattaneo of France and Stefan Olsson of Sweden, as they try to go one better than last year’s final defeat to the French pairing of Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer, their chief rivals. The British pair have won the Wimbledon doubles title twice and were also victorious at the US Open last year.
Hewett’s singles attentions will next focus on Queen’s and Wimbledon when he returns to England.