Australian Open: Britain’s Alfie Hewett defeated by Shingo Kunieda in the wheelchair men’s singles final,



In the final on Thursday in Melbourne, Hewett was beaten 7-5 6-1, 6-2 by Kunieda, the home of his most-loved Dylan Alcott, who signed off his career with a loss in straight sets Sam Schroder in the quad wheelchair final.

Alfie Hewett’s attempt to win his second Australian Open title in two days was unsuccessful after being defeated by Shingo Kunieda at the end of the men’s wheelchair singles.

Hewett has won his ninth consecutive Grand Slam doubles title with Gordon Reid on Wednesday; Hewett was hoping to win the first title in singles at Melbourne.

However, Japan’s Kunieda proved too decisive and established his place as the best player in his game with a 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 6-2 win to take home an individual slam title for the 26th time and 11th place at Melbourne Park.

“I thought it was a great display of wheelchair tennis all round,” Hewett stated. “I managed to control some of my emotions in the second set and played some smarter tennis, and then in the third set, he played one of his best performances. As much as I’m gutted now, I can be proud of the efforts I put in out there.”

Alcott was beaten in a farewell appearance.

A quad-wheelchair final took the center of attention at Rod Laver Arena as Australian superstar Dylan Alcott played the last game of his glittering career. It didn’t have the perfect conclusion as Alcott lost 7-5 6-0 against Dutchman Sam Schroder and failed to take home the trophy at the very first attempt since 2014; however, that won’t do anything to alter his legacy.

Alcott acknowledged his Australian Open organizers in his on-court speech. He said: “Thank you so much for changing my life and allowing someone with disabilities to represent your company.

“You transformed my life, and according to the prize I won just a few days ago, it’s likely to help improve the lives of others too. My heartfelt thanks all go to everyone watching today. I’m the most fortunate person in the world. I didn’t need to be a winner this morning to appreciate that. It was wonderful to be a winner. However, I’m the luckiest person I’ve ever seen. “People who are disabled get not just acknowledgment but are also accepted into society. This is the reason I rise each morning.”

Dutchwoman Diede De Groot won the record for six consecutive slam titles in wheelchair women’s singles beat Aniek Van Koot by 6-1, 6-1.

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