Reid completes career Grand Slam
Originally published on 27/01/17 00:00
After beating Paralympic champions and top seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer in their semi-final, Hewett and Fernandez made the early breakthrough in the second set, turning a 2-0 lead into a 5-2 advantage and forcing the match tie-break. However, Reid and Gerard went through the last seven points of the match tie-break without reply to win their first Grand Slam title together.
“I’m very happy to finish this Australian trip on a high after some disappointing results and performances at times. It was a last minute decision to play with Jo but one that has paid off,” said Reid. “It’s also a great feeling to complete the career doubles Grand Slam.”
Reid had previously won the Roland Garros and US Open doubles titles in 2015 and added the Wimbledon doubles crown to a second title in Paris in 2016.
On Saturday, fellow Briton Andy Lapthorne will play in the quad finals. Tennis Australia has scheduled the match for Rod Laver Arena after the girls singles final, scheduled to begin at 1pm local time. Lapthorne will face Australian and No.1 seed Dylan Alcott, who beat him in the final at the 2016 Paralympic final in Rio. The Australian, who also plays wheelchair basketball, will be trying to win his third straight Australian Open title. Lapthorne will be looking to add the singles title to the fifth Australian Open quad doubles title he won on Thursday with American, David Wagner.
— Dylan Alcott (@DylanAlcott) January 27, 2017
— Andy Lapthorne (@lapstar11) January 27, 2017