Gordon Reid has emerged as the fourth British tennis player to complete 2016 as World’s Number One, following Andy and Jamie Murray and Andy Lapthorne.
Scotland’s Reid beat Stephane Houdet in the semi-finals of the NEC wheelchair masters to verify his status. The 25-year-old, who received singles gold and doubles silver at the Rio Paralympics, gained 6-2 6-1 at the Olympic park in London has this to say:
“It feels incredible to be world number one.
“It has been the best year of my career and to come here in the last tournament of the year and take the number one spot off Stephane shows I have earned it.
“Tomorrow’s final is bonus territory.”
Reid got into his match having only dropped one set in his three round-robin games and he was in super form against the Frenchman, who occupied the pinnacle spot entering the season-finishing occasion. He raced right into a 4-0 lead inside the first set and with Houdet struggling to address his strength and speed; he fast wrapped up victory over the 46-year player.
He will face defending champion Joachim Gerard within the very last after the Belgian beat Sweden’s Stefan Olsson 7-5- 6-3. Lapthorne lost his quad semi to Israel’s Italy Erenlib, nonetheless he finishes the year as number one in doubles. He had won all six of his preceding meetings towards Erenlib but struggled to make an impact on Saturday and went down 6-2- 6-4.
“I performed terrible out there,” the 26-year-old said.
“I suppose i am cursed here – i had bad success in 2012 at the Paralympics and whenever I come again right here i don’t play nicely.
“It’s a hard one to take, mainly as i had such a lot of humans here to aid me, but there may be nothing i will do,” he added.