Reid into historic Wimbledon singles final

Reid into historic Wimbledon singles final

Image caption: Gordon Reid celebrates reaching the first Wimbledon wheelchair tennis men's singles final

Gordon Reid made history on Friday by becoming the first Brit to reach a Wimbledon wheelchair tennis singles final.

Brits on the Tennis Foundation’s Wheelchair Tennis World Class Programme will be in three Wimbledon finals over the weekend, with Reid and Alfie Hewett also into their men’s doubles final on their Grand Slam debut together. Meanwhile, Jordanne Whiley and Yui Kamiji will bid for a hat-trick of Wimbledon women’s doubles titles.

Reid fought back from 5-3 down in his men’s singles semi-final against Belgium’s world No.2 Joachim Gerard to force the first set tie-break and eventually converting his own third set point. World No.3 Reid then wrapped up a 7-6(9), 6-4 victory at the first time of asking after an hour and 40 minutes.

“It was a long match and the first set was tight but I found a way to win it and I’m delighted. If I play well tomorrow I think I can win it, it won’t be easy but I can do it. It’s incredible to get to play singles here at Wimbledon and to be the first winner, and as a British winner as well, would be pretty special.” said Reid.

Reid will now play Sweden’s world No. 7 Stefan Olsson in Sunday’s final.

Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid in men's doubles action at Wimbledon
Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid in their men’s doubles semi-final at Wimbledon

Second seeds Hewett and Reid built on a 4-1 lead to take the first set of their men’s doubles semi-final against Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez and Joachim Gerard of Belgium in just 40 minutes. They then powered away in the second set to a 6-3, 6-2 victory.

“Last year I was on the other side of the net to Gordon and lost so it was great to play with him this year and win with him. Today was a real test to see how we would do as a pairing on this surface and I think we adapted well to the conditions and we’re confident going into the final tomorrow,” said Hewett. He and Reid will face top seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer. 

Jordanne Whiley and Yui Kamiji in their Wimbledon wheelchair tennis doubles semi-final
Jordanne Whiley and Yui Kamiji

Top seeds Kamiji and Whiley will play Dutch second seeds Jiske Griffioen and Aniek can Koot in Sunday’s women’s doubles final at Wimbledon for the fourth time. Kamiji and Whiley held off a strong second set challenge from Britain’s Louise Hunt and Marjolein Buis of the Netherlands to seal a 6-1, 6-3 victory in their women’s doubles semi-final.  

Lucy Shuker and Germany’s Sabine Ellerbrock put in a fine effort against Griffioen and van Koot as they faced the two-time Wimbledon champions in the semi-finals. The second set was tight but ultimately Griffioen and van Koot came out on top 6-1, 7-6(4).