Gordon Reid targeting British Open glory in Nottingham

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Gordon Reid targeting British Open glory in Nottingham

Gordon Reid is targeting a first singles title at LTA’s British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships in Nottingham this week.

Scotland’s Reid, who is supported by the LTA’s Wheelchair Tennis Performance Pathway, is one of Britain’s most successful wheelchair tennis players, having won two Grand Slam singles titles.

However he has never won the singles titles here before, and with action now underway in Nottingham that is one of his main goals for the week.

He said: “I’ve made a couple of finals. I’ve lost to Shingo [Kunieda] in the final here.

“It’s the British Open, it’s the first international event I ever played, back in 2005. I’ve come here for a long time but I’ve never won it, so I’ll be trying my best to do that obviously.”

The 30-year-old is yet to start his singles campaign but is off to a winning start in the doubles, he and Joachim Gerard beating Ben Weekes and Kouhei Suzuki 6-0 6-0 in their opening week.

Reid is a highly experienced and highly successful doubles player but usually plays with fellow Brit Alfie Hewett, who is not playing this week after his Wimbledon exploits.

The Scot has played with Belgium’s Gerard previously, but was pleased with how they navigated their first match - as well with how he managed a return to hard courts after playing on grass at the All England Club just a few days ago.

Reid added: “It was good. Obviously it was a bit of a different situation, playing with Joe - I’ve not played with Joe for a while.

“Going from the grass to the hard, it’s much easier for us to move on but obviously the movement of the ball is quite different. I’m just adapting to that but it was a good start.”

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