You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

British star Alfie Hewett completes US Open double as he wins wheelchair singles title against top seed Shingo Kunieda in straight sets

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 10/09/2018 Elanor Crooks, Press Association

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 18:  Alfie Hewett of Great Britain plays a forehand during his match against Dermot Bailey of Great Britain on day two of The British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships at Nottingham Tennis Centre on July 18, 2018 in Nottingham, England.  (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images for Tennis Foundation) © Getty NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 18: Alfie Hewett of Great Britain plays a forehand during his match against Dermot Bailey of Great Britain on day two of The British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships at Nottingham Tennis Centre on July 18, 2018 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images for Tennis Foundation) Britain's Alfie Hewett completed the US Open wheelchair double by winning his second grand slam singles title.

The 20-year-old from Norfolk, who won the doubles title on Saturday with Scot Gordon Reid, defeated top seed Shingo Kunieda from Japan 6-3 7-5 to add to the French Open trophy he claimed last season.

Hewett said: 'I'm very excited. I didn't really know what to expect. Shingo's obviously such a great player. 

Download the all-new Microsoft News app – available now on iOS and Android

'I felt like I've been playing my best tennis this week and last week so to get through the travel nightmare and carry that momentum on is something I'm really happy about.

'There's something here that's really clicking for me and I need to put my finger on it and take it into the other slams.'

Hewett, who was the beaten finalist here last year, endured a nightmare journey to New York, getting stuck for nearly 24 hours at Chicago airport and ending up sleeping on the floor.

a man riding on the back of a bicycle: Hewett and Gordon Reid (right) won the US Open wheelchair doubles on Saturday © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Hewett and Gordon Reid (right) won the US Open wheelchair doubles on Saturday He insisted he will not be repeating the preparation despite the successful outcome, saying: 'I've had a few people say that, I'd rather not to be honest. It did really affect me, my lower back is locked up but I'm fighter and I'm not going to use that as an excuse. Makes it even sweeter I guess.'

The Norwich City fan reached world No 1 at the start of the year but had struggled to back up his superb 2017 season, particularly at the slams, where he had only won one singles match in three tournaments.

Having strung three wins together to claim the title, he said: 'It's massive. It's a great confidence booster for the rest of the year.

a group of people walking on the court: Alfie Hewett won the US Open wheelchair singles title against Shingo Kunieda on Sunday © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Alfie Hewett won the US Open wheelchair singles title against Shingo Kunieda on Sunday 'I had such a great 2017 and it's always that bogey year afterwards where you don't get the results and people starting doubting you, and you start doubting yourself, asking whether it was just a fluke year.

'I think the last couple of weeks have proved what sort of tennis I can bring when I'm playing at the top of my game.'

Meanwhile, 17-year-old Anton Matusevich won the first grand slam title of his fledgling career, teaming up with Bulgaria's Adrian Andreev to win the boys' doubles.

a man wearing a black shirt: The 20-year-old believes 'something has clicked' that he has to carry forward with him © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The 20-year-old believes 'something has clicked' that he has to carry forward with him
AdChoices
AdChoices

More From Daily Mail

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon