Whiley and Hewett triumph at Wimbledon
It was a successful weekend at Wimbledon for Lord’s Taverners ambassadors Jordanne Whiley and Alfie Hewett who won their respective wheelchair tennis doubles titles at SW19.
The duo have both received wheelchairs from the Lord’s Taverners earlier in their careers and for Whiley, it was a third successive women’s wheelchair doubles title while 18-year-old Hewett lifted his first Grand Slam title.
Whiley, with partner Yui Kamiji, swept aside second seeds Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot 6-2 6-2 in one hour and nine minutes.
“We’re both in a bit of shock if I’m honest,” said Whiley. “We never thought we could win three in a row as Jiske and Aniek are so strong but today I really felt like we played the best tennis at a Grand Slam. To win at Wimbledon is so special and the crowd today were brilliant. We just love being on court with each other and love playing with each other.”
Hewett and his fellow GB partner Gordon Reid claimed a dramatic 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 victory against Stéphane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer of France.
The duo let slip a 5-2 lead in the third set but recovered well to win a deciding tie-break 8-6 for victory on a packed court in a match which was also broadcast live on BBC2.
Hewett said: “It’s incredible to win my first grand slam title, I can’t even remember match point, I don’t know whether I hit the ball or Gordon did, it’s all a blur if I’m honest.
“The support from the crowd today was amazing and really helped us out after going to that tie-break in the third set having led 5-2. It’s not sunk in yet and I think it will take a while to realise that I’m a Wimbledon champion.”