Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett have returned to Paris determined to make a name for themselves in the wheelchair tennis draw at the French Open. Though the players are going to playing on the outside courts, they are urging fans to come and support them.
“I want to encourage anyone who is in the area, or watching from home, to get behind us and get behind the sport as well because it's a great spectacle and incredibly competitive,” Hewett told Sky Sports. With strong results backing him for this year’s French Open, he looks to reclaim the title, he won in 2017.
"The results were something that I probably really needed and to come out of that week having played with the freedom I did," Hewett said. "The confidence I showed was something really pleasing and it's my job this week to carry that momentum on."
Reid further added, "Winnings always important in sport because it gives you the confidence and helps you gain momentum from that. I've not done as much winning as I would like in the last couple of years but I feel in a good place this week so hopefully I can keep the pace going forward into this week and beyond."
Speaking about competitors, Hewett said, "Stephane is a really tricky opponent, he has a lot of experience and it's his home Slam so he's gunning for that Roland Garros title”. He further added, “Gordon and I played against the French in the doubles final two years ago here and the support behind them was incredible, very similar to what we get at Wimbledon, and you know it can be intimidating”.
"But this is what we play for, to play in front of crowds and whether they're behind you or against you, you can still use it to your advantage so I'm looking forward to the occasion."