Reid and Hewett miss out in Australian Open doubles final
Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett narrowly missed out on a third consecutive Grand Slam men’s wheelchair doubles title as they lost in the Australian Open final.
Reid and Hewett took on Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer in Melbourne – a replay of last year’s Wimbledon and US Open finals – but this time the result was different as the French duo prevailed 6-4, 6-2.
There was little to choose between the familiar foes but with the Brits able to win just 25 per cent of points on their second serve during the course of the match, the number two seeds came through in one hour and 21 minutes.
Having clinched both the Wimbledon and the US Open men’s wheelchair doubles titles in 2017, Reid and Hewett were looking to add the Australian Open crown to their collection for the first time as a pair.
Reid actually triumphed in Melbourne 12 months ago alongside Belgian Joachim Gerard to complete a career Grand Slam – beating Hewett and Gustavo Fernandez in the final – but now on the same side of the net, the British duo were broken six times by Houdet and Peifer.
Elsewhere, Andy Lapthorne was forced to withdraw before his wheelchair quad singles match against David Wagner due to injury.
Lapthorne was a doubt for the tournament during the build-up as he battled a hand and wrist injury.
But although he was able to compete in the quad doubles alongside Wagner earlier in the week – losing to Australian pair Dylan Alcott and Heath Davidson – the Brit was unable to take to the court to face the American in Friday’s scheduled singles clash.