Alfie Hewett takes his fifth Grand Slam singles title after successfully defending his crown at the French Open… the day after winning his second consecutive doubles title at the event with Gordon Reid
- Alfie Hewett gave up top seed Shingo Kunieda to defend his French Open crown
- The 23-year-old called his semi-final victory at the event the game of his life
- Hewett also defended his doubles title in Paris on Sunday with Gordon Reid
- Hewett’s future in sport may be numbered amid potential rule changes
Alfie Hewett successfully defended his French Open wheelchair singles title with victory over top division champion Shingo Kunieda.
The 6-3 6-4 win gave Hewett a fifth Grand Slam singles title and a third in Paris, meaning he has doubled the singles and doubles at Roland Garros in consecutive years after winning the doubles trophy with Gordon Reid on the following Sunday. their comprehensive 6-3 6-0 win over French duo Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer.
Hewett earned his win over 24-time slam singles champion Kunieda, the 23-year-old from Norfolk, his first match point at an hour and 46 minutes.
Alfie Hewett supported the French Open singles titles in 2017 and 2020 with another this year another jaar
The 23-year-old outclasses top class Shingo Kunieda to secure his fifth Grand Slam title
Hewett rated his comeback win over Gustavo Fernandez in the semi-finals as the game of his life, saying: “Having played such a game against Gustavo it would be a shame not to go in today and try to do better.” to play tennis. .
“I think the quality went in and out of that last one, but today the quality was one of the best finals I’ve played, just dealing with the circumstances, dealing with the fact that it was a final.
“I’ve played four or five lately and felt really nervous and tense at the beginning. I felt like I was coming out of the blocks really well, and that was something big I was looking at.”
The 23-year-old’s days in wheelchair tennis can be numbered amid proposed rule changes
Hewett has spent the past 18 months wondering whether any visit to a Grand Slam will be the last after proposed changes to the ranking system that threaten to end his professional career.
He revealed after his semi-final victory that a potential rethink has given him new hopes, saying: “I felt like I wasn’t too excited, which even after that, normally I’m probably in tears and what then. I’m pretty calm about it. It’s well done, and I know I’ll probably have a good reflection later.
“This is a major, and every title means a lot. To participate in Roland Garros, and also with my circumstances, whether there is a future or not, every tournament means a lot to me and my family and also to my team.”