Alfie Hewett extended his record as the most successful men’s wheelchair singles player at the ABN AMRO Open in Rotterdam on Sunday when the world No.1 beat Martin de la Puente of Spain 6-0 7-5 to wrap up his fourth successive title at the ITF 1 Series wheelchair tournament and ATP 500 event.
I hope to be back next year for number five. This is an incredible event for wheelchair tennis to be a part of , it’s not like this all year round for us, so we’re very appreciative of everything and everyone behind the scenes that makes this possible for us. It’s one of the best on our tour.” Alfie Hewett
Having dropped just four games on his way to his fourth singles final in Rotterdam, Hewett took the opening set in less than 25 minutes as he reeled off eight games in succession against De la Puente. The Spanish world No.7 had two set points at 5-4 up in the second set, but Hewett would not be denied and dispatched a cross court forehand winner on the first of two match points to end the tournament as singles and doubles champion for the third time since 2020.
Hewett and fellow Brit Gordon Reid, who are both supported by the LTA’s Wheelchair Performance Pathway Elite Programme, beat De la Puente and Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez 7-5 6-4 on Saturday to clinch their third men’s doubles title in Rotterdam in four years. Reigning Australian Open champion Hewett, who has now won three of the four tournaments he’s played this season, said:
“I really want to play here every week, is that possible? For a set and a half in that match I was in tennis heaven and then it fell off a little bit, but Martin battled hard. We’ve been playing each other now for many years, playing as juniors and now we’re here playing a final in this incredible stadium. I hope to be back next year for number five. This is an incredible event for wheelchair tennis to be a part of , it’s not like this all year round for us, so we’re very appreciative of everything and everyone behind the scenes that makes this possible for us. It’s one of the best on our tour.”
After partnering Hewett to win the men’s doubles title for the third time, Reid has now won six doubles title in Rotterdam since 2013 and the British No.2 now heads to the LTA’s Bolton Indoor ITF 2 tournament, which begins on Wednesday at Bolton Arena.