Photo: Gianluca VignaliGordon Reid (GBR)
World No. 6 Gordon Reid gave himself the perfect confidence boost for the upcoming BNP Paribas World Team Cup when he beat world No. 2 Stephane Houdet of France 36 63 61 in Sunday’s men’s singles final at the Internazionale d'Italia in Rome. The Internazionale d'Italia is the latest NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour event to take place alongside a men’s and women’s tour fixture.
After beating top seed Houdet for the first time in his career in Rotterdam in February, Great Britain’s Reid recovered from a set down to win this week’s ITF 3 Series tournament, which again showcased wheelchair tennis at a high profile tour event.
After both winning their first round matches 60 61 earlier in the week, Houdet dominated his semifinal to beat Dan Kleckner 60 60, while Reid eased past another Austrian, Martin Legner, 60 61 to set up Sunday’s final. The title decider was the third three-set contest in four matches between Reid and Houdet this year.
Houdet and Legner claimed the doubles title. The top seeds led second seeds Lahcen Majdi of France and Italy’s Fabian Mazzei 60 3-0 in the doubles final when Majdi and Mazzei retired.