Reid secured the early break in both sets of the title decider on Louis Armstrong Stadium Court, but Hewett put together three games without reply to lead for the first time in an opening set during which there was very little between the players, who are both supported by the LTA’s Elite Wheelchair Programme. However, a net cord intervened to give Hewett set point and a double fault from Reid ended the set.
World No.2 Hewett, who opened a decisive 4-2 lead in the second set before wrapping up victory in the 41st career match between himself and Reid after an hour and 29 minutes, said:
“It’s the stuff of dreams to be able to come here and play on a stadium court and to be holding the trophy for a fourth time is something I’m very grateful for. Obviously, there’s something I like about playing in New York, I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I’m doing alright here.”
While Reid suggested he didn’t feel that he’d played his best tennis during his on-court interview, Hewett applauded his doubles partner, who was contesting his first singles final at one of the four majors since 2021.
“It’s not easy playing your doubles partner in a Grand Slam final and I just want to congratulate you (Reid) on a great week and for getting back to where you belong, in these finals,” said Hewett.
“I really hope wheelchair tennis continues to grow and becomes more available to more people, because it’s a fabulous sport to play.”
British wheelchair players complete the 2023 US Open having won both senior and junior titles after Dahnon Ward and Joshia Johns won the boys’ singles and doubles titles between them on Saturday’s penultimate day of play.
Ward, runner-up in the boys’ singles in the inaugural US Open Junior Wheelchair Tennis Championships in 2022, beat Italian No.1 seed Francesco Felici 6-4, 6-3 in this year’s final. Meanwhile, Johns and Ward beat the American duo Charlie Cooper and Tomas Majetic 6-0, 6-3 in the boys’ doubles final as Ward leaves New York with the doubles title for the second year in a row.