Britain’s Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid have successfully defended their Gentleman’s Wheelchair Doubles Title at The Championships – Wimbledon, with a 6-7 (5-7) 7-5 7-6 (7-3) victory over French duo Nicholas Peifer and Stephane Houdet.
Hewett and Reid overcame Gustavo Fernandez & Shingo Kunieda in the semi-finals.
The pair were a set down when play was abandoned for two hours due to bad weather. After play resumed, the Brit’s raced into a 5-1 lead and held off a well mounted recovery challenge from the top seeds to take it to a decider.
Hewett, 19 & Reid, 25, let four Championship points slip, but eventually prevailed in a tense tie-break.
It was a replica of the 2016 final & the duo had to come back from a set down in a three-hour epic this time last year as well.
Hewett, who has become the latest player to be sponsored by Italian brand Australian L’Alpina was alongside partner Reid as the Scot said: “We don't like to do it the easy way,"
"The match was played in a great spirit and look at this crowd - they were amazing."
"I've been playing for 12 years and never once did I think we'd fill a stadium like this, especially when the women's final was on Centre Court at the same time."
"The sport has grown massively and the more chance we have to play on these types of courts, the more we can inspire others to play the game - and hopefully be on Centre Court one year."