Alfie Hewett enjoyed a double delight in the Big Apple winning both the US Open doubles with Gordon Reid and beating World number 1 Shingo Kunieda 6-3, 7-5 in the singles.
The Norfolk native sealed his second career Grand Slam one week after beating Japan’s Kunieda in St Louis’ US Open USTA Wheelchair Championships to the last Super Series of the season.
Hewett’s slow start was nothing to be concerned with as he rapidly began to break away winning four games in a row and a forehand winner converting the second set point.
The 20-year-old Brit held in the second set to open up a 5-3 lead and had his first championship point in the next game. After breaking Kunieda’s serve to love for a 6-5 lead Hewett served for the match and set up another championship point with a backhand winner. Kunieda’s service return proved long, completing a famous victory for the British number 1 and World number 2 after almost two hours of action.
Shortly after, Hewett said: “It’s been a near-perfect two weeks for me in the States. Three titles out of a possible four was something I really didn’t think would happen. To come here and play the way I did, after a long week last week and then the nightmare travelling experience I had between St. Louis and New York, it’s hard to believe I made it past the first match, let alone win both titles without dropping a set.
“I worked hard in my training up to this, so to get the rewards is a great a feeling. Shingo played a great match and he gave me nothing out on court. He worked me hard for every point and I had to earn that victory; that shows what a true competitor he is. I’m looking forward to celebrating and enjoying this achievement and will take a break when I get back.”
Hewett’s victory means the British outing completed the US Open wheelchair tennis event with three titles after Hewett and Gordon Reid beat top seeds Houdet and Nicolas Peifer in the final of the men’s doubles for the second year in a row, while Andy Lapthorne partnered David Wagner of the USA to win the quad doubles, also celebrating two in a row.Get your copy of PosAbility Magazine