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Melbourne Park, Australia January 2025

Alfie Hewett holding his Australian Open 2024 runner-up trophy
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Australian Open 2024: Alfie Hewett defeated by Tokito Oda to finish as runner-up in wheelchair men’s singles

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Alfie Hewett ended a strong week at the Australian Open as runner-up in the wheelchair man’s singles to Japan’s Tokito Oda.

The 17-year-old claimed his third Grand Slam singles title with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Hewett in the final on the Kia Arena.

Hewett had been attempting to defend his title in Australia after lifting the singles trophy for the first time last year.

The two have now faced each other in four of the last five Grand Slam singles finals, with the Japanese star winning on three occasions.

However, Hewett will still leave Melbourne with silverware as he and partner Gordon Reid were crowned men’s doubles champions for a fifth successive time thanks to a final win against Oda and Takuya Miki.

“Congratulations to you Tokito, there was some high-quality tennis there, some of the best I’ve seen you play so credit to you and everything you’ve done to win this,” said Hewett.

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“Last year was my first time winning the Australian Open, so I know how special it is, so I really hope you enjoy this moment.

“For us to be able to play on a court like this in front of all you fans is incredible – it’s what we get up for, it’s why we train and despite the loss really enjoyed playing in front of you today and hopefully you keep on watching wheelchair tennis.”

It was an impressive performance from the world No.2, who suffered just one break of serve off seven break points throughout the match and hit 29 winners in an hour and a half.

In his post-match interview Oda thanked the Briton for the time spent together on court whilst he was a junior.

“I remember playing with you when I was just 13, you let me hit with you and now we’re playing Grand Slam finals against each other.

“It was great and I always wanted to try and play my backhand like you.”

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