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Emma Raducanu Was Not The Only Brit To Win The US Open

September 13, 2021

 Here at Same Difference, we were as thrilled as anyone else in Britain by Emma Raducanu’s sensational US Open victory. However, as a disability issues site, we were equally thrilled when two British men won the same title on Saturday night, and they did a Grand Slam!

Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett became the first all-British pairing to complete the Grand Slam, with victory in the men’s wheelchair doubles final at the US Open.

The duo put in a dominant display to beat Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez and Japan’s Shingo Kunieda 6-2 6-1.

It is their eighth successive Slam title together and 13th overall.

“To come here and finish the year strongly together, it’s a good feeling,” said Scotland’s Reid, 29.

“I think we’ve grown stronger and stronger every year. But over the last two or three years we’ve put in a lot more time and effort and invested more energy into the doubles side of things as well.

“I think the results that we’ve had is showing that that’s paid off.”

The pair are also the first wheelchair tennis partnership to complete the Grand Slam in men’s doubles.

They reached the Paralympic final in Tokyo just over a week ago but were beaten in a three-set thriller by France’s Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer.

Hewett will bid to claim a third singles title in New York when he faces Kunieda again on Sunday in a repeat of last year’s final, which was won by the Japanese player.

However, it could be the last Grand Slam final for the Briton who has been told that he does not meet new classification rules as his disability is not deemed severe enough.

Jordanne Whiley missed out on a third US Open women’s doubles title when she and Japan’s Yui Kamiji were beaten 6-1 6-2 by Dutch top seeds Diede de Groot and Aniek van Koot.

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