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Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid shaking hands at the net
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Head to Head: Alfie Hewett vs Gordon Reid


Ahead of their match in today’s US Open men’s wheelchair singles opening round, we take a closer look at the history between team mates, and rivals, Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid.

Going into today’s contest, their head-to-head record on the international stage is tightly poised at 12-12. Here, we dig deeper into how their careers have developed to date.

Reid’s early dominance

The two Brits have been a feature at the top of their sport for several years. Hewett is a three-time Grand Slam champion, Reid has won two, and as a partnership they have claimed a remarkable seven men’s doubles Slam victories – all since 2017.

But on their journey to the summit of wheelchair tennis, the pair have faced off regularly against one another – first meeting in 2013 at the North East Wheelchair Tournament. Reid would triumph 6-0 6-1 over Hewett, and would go on to his next six meetings against his future doubles partner.

2013 North East Wheelchair Tournament First Round Gordon Reid 6-0 6-1
2014 Bolton Indoor First Round Gordon Reid 6-2 6-1
2014 Open de La Baie Somme Quarter-final Gordon Reid 6-3 6-3
2014 Nottingham Indoor Round of 16 Gordon Reid 6-4 6-1
2015 Sydney International Open Round of 16 Gordon Reid 6-0 7-5
2016 Japan Open Round of 32 Gordon Reid 6-2 2-6 6-1
2016 Paralympic Games First Round Gordon Reid 6-2 6-1

Hewett, who is now the British No.1 and World No.3, wouldn’t defeat Reid for four years – making his breakthrough in the semi-final stage of the 2017 Sydney International Open.

Times they are a-changin’ in 2017

Hewett’s first win against his close friend and doubles partner would not be his last of a 2017 which proved to be a huge year for both men.

The duo would be involved in a number of firsts in the wheelchair game. They featured in the first all-Brit men’s singles semi-final at the British Open, thefirst all-Brit men’s singles semi-final at a Grand Slam in the US Open, and Hewett would win his first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros (Reid won two Wimbledon and the Australian Open in 2016).

In total the pair faced off against each other on seven occasions – Reid won three and Hewett won four.

2017 Sydney International Open Semi-final Alfie Hewett 7-5 6-2
2017 Melbourne Open Semi-final Gordon Reid 6-4 3-6 6-2
2017 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament Quarter-final Gordon Reid 6-0 6-4
2017 SA Open Quarter-final Gordon Reid 6-4 3-6 6-1
2017 British Open Semi-final Alfie Hewett 6-3 1-6 6-3
2017 US Open Semi-final Alfie Hewett 7-5 5-7 7-6 (8)
2017 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters First Round Alfie Hewett 6-3 6-2

Hewett on top since 2019

Following a blockbuster 2017 for both men 2018 was also evenly-matched – the duo met on four occasions winning two apiece – but since 2019 Hewett has dominated.

Hewett – who won the US Open in 2018 and 2019 – was forced to work hard in his last encounter with Reid, winning 7-5 7-5 in a match held last week at LTA Wheelchair Tennis Series at the National Tennis Centre, and he will have to overcome his fellow Brit once again if he is to make it a three-peat of titles in New York.

2018 Sydney Open
Semi-final Alfie Hewett
6-0 6-4
2018 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament Semi-final Alfie Hewett 6-0 7-5
2018 Japan Open Semi-final Gordon Reid 6-2 6-3
2018 Roland Garros Quarter-final Gordon Reid 6-4 6-4
2019 Georgia Open Quarter-final Alfie Hewett 7-5 6-2
2019 Cajun Classic Quarter-final Alfie Hewett 6-3 6-1
2019 Korea Open Semi-final Alfie Hewett 7-6 (3) 6-3
2019 Fever-Tree Championships First Round Alfie Hewett 6-2 7-5
2020 Melbourne Open Quarter-final Alfie Hewett 4-6 7-5 6-4
2020 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament First Round Alfie Hewett 6-0 6-3
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