WORLD TEAM CUP TIES51
Last updated: 28/11/2023
WORLD TEAM CUP TIES 51
Last updated: 28/11/2023
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Get to know Alfie Hewett
- Date of birth: 6 December 1997
- Place of birth: Norwich
- Lives: Cantley, Norfolk
- Trains: David Lloyd Norwich and Easton College, Norwich
- Family: Lives at home with his mother and twin sister in Cantley, Norfolk.
- Likes: Norwich City FC
Hewett finished 2023 as year-end world No.1 for the first time in his career after he clinched the double at the Wheelchair Tennis Masters.
The doubles draw saw Hewett and Reid defeat Gustavo Fernandez and Martin de la Puente 3-6, 6-2, 10-6 before he sealed the singles title with a comeback win over Fernandez 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.
Returning to the court for the first time since the US Open, Hewett went on to compete at the Catalonia Open where he finished runner-up to Gustavo Fernandez, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 in the singles event.
He also teamed up with Reid for the doubles event where they also finished runners-up to Frederic Cattaneo and Stephane Houdet, 2-6, 6-4, 10-8.
Hewett won his fourth career singles title at the US Open with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over doubles partner Reid, in the first all-British Grand Slam final in the Open Era.
However, the defending doubles champions Hewett and Reid were denied the calendar Grand Slam after losing out in the semi-finals to Takashi Sanada and Stephane Houdet 7-5, 7-6(8).
Hewett went on to be crowned the men's singles champion at the Lexus British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships for the second time in three years after a dominant 6-0, 6-2 win over Belgium’s Joachim Gerard in the final.
Hewett also claimed the men's doubles crown alongside partner Reid after the pair beat Spain's Martin de la Puente and Argentina's Gustavo Fernandez 4-6 6-2 (11-9) in a two hour battle to claim their 43rd title as a duo.
Hewett got his 2023 Wimbledon campaign off to a winning start after easing past Belgium's Joachim Gerard, 6-3, 6-4 to reach the semi-final where he beat Martin de la Puente 6-3, 6-2 to make the final two.
However it wasn't meant to be in the final showdown against world No.1 Oda, who beat Hewett 6-4, 6-2 to lift the trophy.
Hewett also teamed up with fellow Brit Reid to clinch a 18th Grand Slam title, and a fifth at Wimbledon after the duo beat Oda and Takuya Miki 3-6, 6-0, 6-3.
Hewett and Reid sealed an incredible 17th Grand Slam title together and fourth consecutive French Open trophy by defeating second seeds Martin De La Puente and Gustavo Fernandez 7-6(9), 7-5.
Hewett also reached the final of the men's wheelchair singles at Roland Garros, but finished runner up to Japan's Tokito Oda, 6-1, 6-4.
Moving onto the grass and it was another doubles title for Hewett and Reid at the cinch Championships - their first together at Queen's Club. Hewett also made it through to the final of the singles, where he lost to Joachim Gerard 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.
Hewett was a part of the Great Britain mens team that were crowned World Team Cup champions for the third time following a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands.
After his compatriot Reid kicked off proceedings in the final, it was the world No.1 Hewett who found a late breakthrough against Ruben Spaargaren to clinch the title for his country, 6-2 ,6-4.
Hewett and Reid continued their dominance at the top of the game at the Tram Barcelona Open. The top seeds were made to work for their fifth title of the season but came back to defeat Stephane Houdet and Martin De La Puente 4-6, 7-6(3), 10-2.
The world No.1 also made the semi-finals of the singles draw at the ITF 1 event, where he lost out to De La Puente 6-4, 7-6(4).
The World No.1's fine form continued in March, as he extended his winning streak to 15 matches when he claimed the men's singles title at the Georgia Open, dropping just one set in four matches. In the final, he defeated Japan's Oda 7-6(3), 6-1 to lift the trophy for the first time in his career.
Hewett once again joined forces with Reid in the doubles event. The British duo once again proved unbeatable after overcoming British No.3 Ben Bartram and Oda in the final 6-3, 6-0 to clinch their third men's doubles title in a row.
Hewett and Reid claimed their eighth Super Series title together and made it four titles from five tournaments in 2023 after sealing their first Cajun Classic men’s doubles crown in Baton Rouge. The second seeds claimed the title after a 7-6(1), 6-2 victory over top seeds Martin de la Puente and Gustavo Fernandez, to extend their unbeaten run to 13 matches.
Hewett's winning streak carried on throughout February, as the Brit headed to Rotterdam for the ABN AMRO Open, where he picked up his fourth successive title. The world No.1 faced Martin de la Puente of Spain in the final, where he sailed to a 6-0, 7-5 victory to clinch the title.
Hewett also enjoyed success in the doubles alongside partner Reid. The Brits overcame De la Puente and Argentina's Gustavo Fernandez in the final to clinch their third men's doubles title in Rotterdam in four years.
Hewett started off his 2023, by making it to the quarter-final of the Victorian Wheelchair Open where he was defeated by Ruben Spaargaren.
Hewett then went on to clinch his first big title of the year at the Melbourne Open Super Series. Hw retained his wheelchair singles title with a convincing 6-2, 6-2 win over rising star, Tokita Oda, in the final.
Hewett and doubles partner Gordon Reid equalled the record for most Grand Slam men’s doubles titles won in the Open Era - 16 - after the British second seeds beat Dutch duo Maikel Scheffers and Spaargaren 6-1, 6-2 in the Australian Open final to clinch their fourth successive trophy in Melbourne.
Just one day later, Hewett then went on to win his first singles title at the Australian Open when he outfoxed Japan's Oda 6-3, 6-1.
Aiming to win his third NEC Wheelchair Masters Singles title, Hewett just lost out to rising star Tokita Oda 6-4, 6-3 in the final. The Brit was also defeated in the semi-finals of the doubles alongside Dutch star Maikel Scheffers.
Hewett faced Japan’s Kunieda for a second consecutive Grand Slam final in the Wheelchair men’s singles event at Flushing Meadows. Despite losing out in three sets during their last encounter, the world No.2 assured that history wouldn’t repeat itself as he ousted his rival 7-6(2), 6-1 to win his third US Open title and 21st Grand Slam title overall. Hewett and Reid finished runners-up in the men's doubles to Martín de la Puente and Nicolas Peifer 4–6, 7–5, [10–6].
Hewett produced a comeback befitting of the first men’s wheelchair tennis match to be staged on No.1 Court as he reached his first Wimbledon singles final on Friday after a 2-6, 7-6(3), 6-4 victory over 2019 champion Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina. However, the Briton lost out on what would be his first Wimbledon title following a nail-biting 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(5) defeat to world No.1 Shinigo Kunieda.
Hewett and Reid's record-breaking sequence of 10 Grand Slam doubles titles in a row also came to an end after second seeds Gustavo Fernandez and Kunieda secured a 6-3, 6-1 victory.
Hewett won the men’s doubles British Grass Court Wheelchair Tennis Tournament for the first time in his career, alongside Stephane Houdet, after defeating fellow Brit Andrew Penney and partner Joachim Gerard 6-2, 6-1. This marked his fourth doubles title of the season.
Hewett and Gordon Reid continued to re-write the history books in the doubles after winning their 10th consecutive major and third French Open doubles title together. The Brits overcame 2021 Victorian Wheelchair Open champions, Gustavo Fernandez and Shingo Kunieda, winning 7-6(5), 7-6(5) to make them the most successful wheelchair doubles partnership in Roland Garros history.
Hewett lifted the Cajun Classic singles title for a third time after defeating Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez 6-2, 6-0 in the final. The win took him to world No.1 for the first time since 2018.
He then joined Dermot Bailey, Ben Bartram and Dahnon Ward to seal qualification for Great Britain in the World Team Cup in Turkey.
Hewett then became the first three-time winner of the singles title at the ITF 1 ABN AMRO World Wheelchair Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.
Hewett started his 2022 season at the Melbourne Open, where he won the fifth Super Series singles title of his career and reached the final of the men’s doubles with Gordon Reid.
Hewett went on to reach his second successive Australian Open singles final, finishing runner-up to world No.1 Shingo Kunieda, while also winning his third successive Australian Open doubles title with Gordon Reid. After claiming their ninth Grand Slam doubles title in a row, Hewett and Reid set a new record for the most consecutive Grand Slam doubles titles won by any partnership in the open era, having previously shared the record with Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver.
After reaching the final of the Victorian Wheelchair Open in January, Hewett went on to beat World No.1 Shingo Kunieda on route to finishing as runner-up in singles at the Australian Open. He and Gordon Reid became Great Britain’s joint most successful doubles pair as they claimed their tenth Grand Slam title Down Under.
In March he then defended both his singles and doubles titles at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament and retain both singles and doubles titles, too, at Roland Garros, claiming his fifth Grand Slam singles title in June.
In early July, Hewett and Reid joined forces again to win their seventh consecutive Grand Slam doubles title at Wimbledon. They ended July by winning their second British Open doubles title since 2015 in Nottingham and Hewett became the first Brit to win the British Open men’s singles title.
At the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics, Hewett won the silver medal in the men's doubles with Reid, but lost to the fellow Brit in the bronze medal match.
At the US Open, Hewett and Reid became the first men's wheelchair doubles team to complete the calendar Grand Slam, beating Shingo Kunieda and Gustavo Fernandez to lift the title.
To end the season, Hewett claimed his second NEC Wheelchair Singles Masters title and partnered Reid to win their second UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters at the end of season tour finals in Orlando, Florida.
Claimed three singles titles, including his fourth career Grand Slam singles title at Roland Garros, where he became a two-time champion. Finished the season unbeaten in doubles competition with Gordon Reid after the Brits put together a sequence of seven tournament victories and 16 matches together. This included their first titles together at the Australian Open and Roland Garros and their fourth US Open title as they completed the career Grand Slam together.
Won the inaugural Fever-Tree Wheelchair Tennis Championships title at The Queen’s Club as well as the Korea Open men’s singles title and his second straight US Open men’s singles title.
Despite an early exit at the Australian Open, he ended January 2018 as men’s singles world No.1 for the first time after the previous world No.1 lost more points than Hewett in Australia. Won his first US Open singles title and his second US Open men’s doubles title with Gordon Reid.
- Rio 2016 Paralympic men’s singles and doubles silver medallist
- Tokyo 2020 Paralympic men's doubles silver medallist
- Eight-time Grand Slam men’s singles champion (Australian Open 2023, Roland Garros 2017, 2020 and 2021, US Open 2018, 2019, 2022 and 2023)
- 14-time Grand Slam men’s doubles champion (Australian Open 2020, 2021, 2022, Roland Garros 2020 and 2021, Wimbledon 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2021 and US Open 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021).
- Crowned Singles Masters champion in 2017 (youngest ever) and again in 2021, when he also won the doubles title.
- In 2015, two years after leading Great Britain to victory in the World Team Cup Junior event, he was instrumental in Great Britain’s men’s team winning their first ever World Team Cup title in Turkey.
Born with the congenital heart defect Tetralogy of Fallot, he underwent open heart surgery at six months old. Later diagnosed with Perthes Disease at the age of six, he started playing wheelchair tennis in 2005. Played his first tournament in 2008 and in 2012 won the first of his three singles and three doubles titles at the Junior Masters in Tarbes, France. Also in 2012, at the age of 14, he won his first international senior men’s singles title in Belgium. In 2013 he led Great Britain to victory in the World Team Cup junior event.
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