13 Feb 2016

Reid lifts first ITF 1 Rotterdam singles title

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Photo: Hannie VerhoevenGordon Reid (GBR) and Tournament Director Esther Vergeer

Gordon Reid made it back-to-back titles when the Australian Open champion beat Stefan Olsson of Sweden 63 76(7) for his first men’s singles title in four attempts at the ABN AMRO World Wheelchair Tennis Tournament, part of the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, in Rotterdam.

After successive service breaks and service holds for both players, Britain’s Reid made the crucial breakthrough in the opening set with a forehand down the line winner to open a 4-2 lead, which he soon extended to 5-2 before serving out the set after 28 minutes.

Olsson and Reid traded breaks and holds of serve throughout the second set, with neither player able to establish a clear advantage as they entertained the large crowd of spectators with some spectacular tennis.

There was a brief interlude when one of Olsson’s tyres burst in between games as he trailed 5-6, but with a new tyre fitted he came out to break Reid’s serve to force the tie-break and proceeded to gain the first mini break at 2-0. However, Reid came back to lead the tiebreak 4-3 and then edged back into the lead with his first match point at 6-5.

Two match points came and went for the world No. 5 before he earned a third match point with another forehand winner down the line. This time Olsson was unable to salvage the situation and sent a forehand into the net to give Reid the first ITF 1 Series men’s singles title of 2016 two weeks to the day after he won his first Grand Slam men’s singles title in Melbourne.

With Reid following Grand Slam singles success with ITF 1 singles success, Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer also did the same in the doubles.

“I’m already looking forward to returning here next year,” Reid told the tournament website immediately after the final. The 24-year-old Scot also praised his opponent. “Stefan managed to reach the final thanks to a fantastic week of tennis. I expect to see him playing more finals this year.”

Reid ended his speech with a thank you to tournament director Esther Vergeer. “Everything went very smoothly this week. I didn’t see Esther a lot, which is actually a good sign.”

Vergeer enjoyed the atmosphere in Rotterdam Ahoy during the final. “I know from personal experience how much fun it is to play in front of a packed stadium. I want to thank all the fans for coming out and I hope to see them again next year.”

The Australian Open champions clinched their first Rotterdam title together after a 64 64 victory over Gustavo Fernandez and Joachim Gerard, giving  Houdet his third doubles title in Rotterdam following his victories partnering Reid in 2013 and 2015. 

Men's Singles Draw

Men's Doubles Draw