Highest ranking was in January 2018
Alfie Hewett is one of the best wheelchair tennis players in the UK. This right-handed player was born in Cantley, Norfolk, and at just 21 years of age, he already has 28 singles and 34 doubles titles under his belt. His highest ranking was in January 2018 when he was number one in the world.
He is currently competing at The Fever-Tree Wheelchair Tennis Championships which is taking place this year at Queen’s and is the first ever ranking tournament for grass-court wheelchair tennis to take place outside of Wimbledon, and Alfie has made it through to the semi-finals.
Alfie had open heart surgery when he was six months old after being diagnosed with a congenital heart defect, and when he was six, he was found to have Perthes Disease. He started playing wheelchair tennis at the age of eight after taking part in a Tennis Foundation Camp. In 2008 he entered his first tournament and was chosen for the GB team at ITF’s European Junior Wheelchair Tennis Camp. In 2012 he won his first Junior Masters singles and doubles titles, and he has continued competing and winning in many major events.
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He made an impressive Paralympic debut in RIO in 2016, when he was just 18 years old, taking the silver medal in the men’s doubles playing with Gordon Reid, and then another silver in the singles playing against Gordon! Most recently, he became the 2019 singles champion in the Korea Open and a Gold medallist in the 2019 World Team Cup.
In partnership with Gordon Reid, Alfie has won the Wimbledon men’s wheelchair doubles event for the last three years, and they are hoping to achieve another victory there this year.
Alfie studied for a BTEC Diploma in Sports and Exercise Science at City College Norwich. He also plays wheelchair basketball and is an important advocate for wheelchair sports.
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