Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid will go head-to-head on Thursday when the Roland Garros 2018 men’s singles wheelchair draw gets underway in Paris, with one of the two Brits therefore guaranteed a place in Thursday’s semi-finals.
While world No.1 Hewett opens his title defence against 2016 Roland Garros finalist and world No.5 Reid, it will be the first time that both Brits on the Tennis Foundation’s Wheelchair Tennis World Class Programme have met in the first round of a Grand Slam singles event.
“Last year was a bit of a shock, really. Looking back, it was a great experience and a great achievement, so I’m just focusing on what I need to do again this year rather than putting any expectations or pressure on myself. I’m just going to out there with an open mind and to try and enjoy it again,” said Hewett ahead of the second Grand Slam of 2018.
But it will be their second Grand Slam head-to-head after they met in the semi-finals of the 2017 US Open in New York.
“I’m feeling good, I’ve had a couple of really positive results in my last individual two tournaments in Asia, so it’s good to get that confidence boost heading into Roland Garros and a busy summer, “ said Reid, who won the recent Japan Open Super Series men’s singles title to follow up his Korea Open victory a week earlier. He also joined forces with Hewett to help Great Britain to the men’s silver medal at last week’s BNP Paribas World Team Cup in Apeldoorn in the Netherlands.
Second seeds Hewett and Reid, two-time Wimbledon men’s doubles champions and reigning US Open champions, will play Frederic Cattaneo of France and Stefan Olsson of Sweden in their men’s double semi-final in Paris. Reid won the Roland Garros men’s doubles crown in 2015 and 2016 partnering Shingo Kunieda of Japan before Hewett and Reid joined forces to reach the final in 2017.