This weekend saw Heroes Centre Ambassador Gordon Reid make tennis History.
On Sunday 10th July, Gordon became the first man to win the inaugural Wimbledon Men’s Wheelchair Singles Title when he beat Sweden’s Stefan Olson 6-1 6-4 to clinch his second singles Grand Slam. Prior to the event, Gordon had stated that he grew up watching Wimbledon on television and it was always his dream to play singles there. “To now have that opportunity, to be a part of the first field of players that is going to go down in history, is a massive opportunity. I cannot wait to get out on the match court.”
What made Gordon’s victory all the more remarkable was that it came less than 24 hours after he and partner Alfie Hewett had taken the Men’s Wheelchair Doubles Title by beating number one seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Heifer of France 4-6, 6-1 7-6 in an absorbing match that lasted 2 and half hours.
And if that wasn’t enough to sap Gordon’s strength the night before his greatest game, it also transpired he had a troubled night having had to find a new hotel room to avoid late-night revellers “I was staying at the National Tennis Centre the last two weeks. There was a party on last night that went on till one in the morning. I ended up moving hotels at 10 o’clock last night and escaped the noise,” Gordon later revealed to the press.
Fortunately he came through it all to achieve a potentially career defining moment: “A Wimbledon title is always going to be unbelievable, but to be the first ever in the singles event, I’m never going to forget that.”
Our sincere congratulation to Gordon – a truly remarkable and inspirational sportsman.
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