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Gordon and Alfie

The Last Five Years in Their Own Words

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Gordon Reid of Great Britain (R) and Alfie Hewett of Great Britain (L) celebrate victory during the Men's Wheelchair Doubles Final against Stephane Houdet of France and Nicolas Peifer of France on day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images/LTA)

After storming to victory in the Roland Garros doubles final and claiming their 11th Slam title together Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett became the most successful all-British doubles partnership at the Grand Slams. And this year at Wimbledon they’ll celebrate five years since winning their first in that impressive run, as well as it marking five years since Reid won the first ever Wimbledon men’s open division wheelchair tennis singles title.

We take a trip down memory lane with Team Heid and look at their highlights, lowlights and the developments they’ve seen at the Championships over those years.

ON BREAKING THE RECORD

Me personally I think it’s quite difficult to compare records in the past with now and also then the able-bodied side and the wheelchair side of tennis, so for me the most pleasing thing is that me and Alfie are creating our own records, bringing home the trophies one by one and winning together.” – Gordon Reid on becoming the most successful all-British doubles partnership at the Slams

ON HOW THINGS HAVE CHANGED

GORDON:I think there’s just a bit more weight placed on the wheelchair event, it’s become a little bit more highly respected and there’s more interest in it. If you think back to 2016 our doubles final and my singles final were played on Court 17 and it wasn’t really an event it was just kind of another match. Whereas now we’re playing those finals on Court 3, it’s packed out and it’s live on TV and there’s a bigger deal made out of it which is exactly where we want to be moving forward.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Gordon Reid of Great Britain lifts the trophy as he celebrates victory during the Men's Wheelchair singles final against Stefan Olsson of Sweden on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 10, 2016 in London, England. (© Julian Finney/Getty Images/LTA)

FUNNIEST MOMENT

ALFIE:For me it’s Court 3 again and we’re playing in the final and there’s Gordy’s lot in one corner and my lot in the other one and they are just chanting at each other. My grandma was absolutely going for it so it was quite funny to watch.”

GORDON:Yeah I don’t know which year it was maybe 2017 or 2018 there’s a clip of us winning the match point and then the camera pans to my friends and family in the crowd and my best mate is just having a full on hug with the stewardess.

Britain's Gordon Reid celebrates beating Sweden's Stefan Olsson to win the men's wheelchair singles final match on the last day of the 2016 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 10, 2016. / AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (© JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images/LTA)

FAVOURITE MOMENT

GORDON:For me it’s got to be when I nearly snapped Alfie’s back at the end of our first doubles final. It was a big moment for both of us. Our first Grand Slam together, our first Wimbledon title there was so much on that match and it was such a close one – that was a really special one.

ALFIE:Court 3 and being there on that big stage for a couple of finals that has to be up there too. It’s rare for us to be playing in those sorts of matches and feeling like we’re in the limelight. It was a whole new level.

Britain's Alfie Hewett (L) and Gordon Reid (R) celebrate beating France's Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer in the final of the men's wheelchair doubles on the thirteenth day of the 2016 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 9, 2016. / AFP / LEON NEAL / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (© LEON NEAL/AFP via Getty Images/LTA)

MOST CONTROVERSIAL MOMENT

ALFIE:I know I’ve blasted a few balls at Henman Hill but that’s not very controversial is it?

GORDON:It’s got to be when Stefan Olsson fell out of his chair and got his racket passed to him by the ball kid. Yeah it looked good on the highlight reels but technically we should have won the point.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 12: Alfie Hewett of Great Britain, partner of Gordon Reid of Great Britain plays a backhand in their Men's Wheelchair Doubles Semi-Final match against Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer of France during Day eleven of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 12, 2019 in London, England. (© Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/LTA)

WORST MOMENT

GORDON:Me personally probably going out first round in the singles in 2017. Obviously after winning the title the first year and then going in to defend and falling at the first hurdle it was tough.”

ALFIE:Well I’ve not reached a singles final so that’s a difficult one. 2019 was a pretty rough one though. Obviously losing the doubles final and getting pretty torn apart in the singles by Gustavo Fernandez in the semis, it was definitely one to forget.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 12: Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid of Great Britain celebrate in their Men's Wheelchair Doubles Semi-Final match against Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer of France during Day eleven of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 12, 2019 in London, England. (© Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/LTA)

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