Wheelchair tennis ace from Norfolk stranded in airport ahead of US Open
PUBLISHED: 10:58 04 September 2018 | UPDATED: 12:08 04 September 2018
Wheelchair tennis star, Alfie Hewett, has been stranded in Chicago for over 12 hours after two of his flights have been cancelled.
Alfie, who is from Cantley, is the current Wimbledon men’s wheelchair doubles champion and now faces a race against time to make it to the final Grand Slam event of the year at the US Open.
Alfie was forced to sleep on the airport floor last night and has had to cancel his practice and media interviews.
His preparations for the US Open has been totally disrupted because of the travel chaos.
Alfie’s American Airlines flight was suppose to depart Chicago at 12.15pm yesterday afternoon. After two hours of being stuck on the runway the flight was delayed because of bad weather in New York.
The passengers were then told that because the plane had been on the runway for so long it needed refuelling. To the passengers amazement they were told that there was no-one available to refuel the plane.
After three and a half hours of waiting at the gate, a new pilot had to be found as the one scheduled for the initial flight had left.
Shortly after this the flight was cancelled.
Alfie was then transferred to a United Airlines flight which was delayed for two hours and then cancelled leaving him flightless for the night.
Having queued for two hours waiting to speak to American Airlines, The tennis ace was informed he wouldn’t be re-imbursed because the cancellation was down to the poor weather conditions.
To add to the chaos the tennis star was then told the airline had no idea where his bags were.
The wheelchair ace from Norfolk described his travel disruptions as “ridiculous” in a video on twitter.
Alfie is looking to defend his US Open men’s wheelchair doubles title from last year.