Men's Wheelchair Doubles Final - Part 2 Wimbledon


Men's Wheelchair Doubles Final - Part 2

Clare Balding introduces continued coverage of the final of the men's wheelchair doubles, as Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer take on Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid.


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My dad is perfect! -- that is perfect. Wimbledon champion again!

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It is a much brighter afternoon and we are all set to go again with this

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wheelchair men's doubles final, three hours after the rain drove

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them off cod three on the other side of Court One. We are ready to resume

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again. The contest between the French top seeds, the favourites and

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the British defending champions. The French Stephane Houdet and Nicholas

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Peifer and Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett. And when the rains came, it

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was the Britons who were fighting their way back into this final,

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having lost the first set on a tie-break, 7-6, right at the start

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of the second set, they have taken an early lead, breaking the server

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of the French. The 25-year-old left hand from Glasgow there. The men's

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singles champion here last year, he won the doubles as well with Alfie

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Hewett. They do not lack support. They are in a right old battle

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today, against Houdet and Peifer. Enjoying wheelchair tennis again at

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Wimbledon is one of our best ever wheelchair tennis players, who won

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ten Grand Slam titles. He got ten Paralympic medals as well. This has

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been a very good contest so far. Good afternoon. It is poised to be

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really exciting. Anglo-French contest again. I don't know if any

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of you remember from the Olympics last year, this was one of the

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defining matches, these players played out, and the British player

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unfortunately took silver and the French took gold and I watched that

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and it was so thrilling. I have got a feeling, this is gearing up for

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that as well. It is also a repeat of the final last year, that went to

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three sets. We will see. Here is Alfie Hewett.

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It is about how quickly every player can get started. When they look at

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this as a new match or a continuation of one? A new view, a

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new vision. Brilliant recovery. From Gordon

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Reid. His singles fight ended on Thursday. He is working so hard to

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hold on to his doubles crown. The British player will be pleased about

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that miss by Houdet. The Norfolk teenager there, he is

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from Great Yarmouth. That is a really significant hold,

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coming back out after the rain delayed at dues. -- deuce. I was

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thinking which players would come out stronger. Gordon just came out

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there, walloped a high forehand out wide. 2-0 up, second set. Just long.

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Had a look to the umpire who is Brazilian. They do have Hawk-Eye on

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Court number three. They have decided that was not worth

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challenging. Wonderful touch. He will have to do

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a bit more of that, I think. That is the kind of form that won him

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there's singles title here last summer and won him Olympic gold in

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Rio. I think you will try and see Gordon and Alfie try and mix it up a

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bit more, come closer to the net. Rather than both staying back.

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Houdet is doing that now. Break point against the serve of

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Nicholas Peifer. The 26-year-old who lives just outside Paris,

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Versailles. That is a rather tame way to tackle

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the second break, but it has been a wonderful start. A wonderful start.

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Post resumption for Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid. You're aware, Peter,

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that lots of people now, enjoying wheelchair doubles for the first

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time this afternoon, bring us up to speed with the rules and

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regulations, pretty much what you see in the able-bodied game. The

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rules are the same, you are allowed the second bounce, the first round

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must be in the confines of the Court and the second can be anywhere. In

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doubles, that means they can use the whole court and you can see them

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even going into the canvas on the sides, the roof etc. If the ball

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hits the chair before bouncing then you lose the point, if you get the

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ball in the wheels, you must not fall out. If you do it, it is a let

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and if you keep doing it, you lose a point. Wheelchair tennis is the same

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as tennis, tennis is tennis. And here are two of the best that this

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version of the sport has had to offer, Nicholas Peifer and Stephane

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Houdet. A Frenchman took the title that day at Roland Garros, on clay.

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This time, we are on grass. The British duo working hard to take us

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into a third deciding set, 3-0. Fantastic. Great reaction by Alfie

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Hewett there. Peifer took that out of the sky. Straight into the

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netting zone and Alfie Hewett, backhand, reversed down the line for

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the winner. Judged that perfectly. Lovely

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languid forehand there. Won the Paralympic title by beating

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the bloke who he is playing with today. Alfie Hewett took the silver

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and Gordon Reid took the gold. And right now, Houdet and Peifer have

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not got going since the rain delay. They are looking a bit sluggish. The

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British players were a set down and they had to come out firing. We

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could go to the third set, but you can never write off the French,

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especially Houdet. Stephane Houdet, 46 now. Continuing

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to play at such an incredible level, he is really one of the old soldiers

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of the sport, it is a former world number one. He is just behind the

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current world number one, Gustavo Fernandez.

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It is good if your partner is hitting a deep shot and one of the

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tactics is to follow him in and get close to the net. Again, another

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good shot by Hewett, he is been the aggressor at the moment. -- he is

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being the aggressor. That is a good drop shot. On that

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green grass, the ball guys, well controlled forehand drop shot. ?1,

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two bounce and then it dies. -- ?1. They got the cover song quickly when

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it started to rain around half past 12. Heavy conditions this morning.

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They will not be playing any quicker now, those lush green patches are

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big targets for the drop shot. This, for the Britons, is an opportunity

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to go 5-0 up and surely be on the verge of taking this into a third

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deciding set. Good try by Gordon. He saw Peifer

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rolling in and coming up to the service line and thought he would do

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a high lob over the top and he would have had an open court for him to

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come back. He has been one of the great flag

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flyers for this board for so long, before that he was a flag flyer for

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golf and he has never given up the trick of wearing gloves when he

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plays sport. Actually a world number one golfer, he is multitalented,

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Stephane Houdet. It will have helped him, when the rain came, but gloves,

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giving him a bit more grip on the tyres.

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O, they are making a mock up of it. Look at the Houdet. What are you

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doing? A great get by Gordon, but look. Not a lot of sympathy.

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Stephane Houdet is a qualified vet in Paris.

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He was giving Peifer are talking to as well. Trying to get his head up,

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trying to get him to concentrate. It was a good return but Peifer sat

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still on the baseline. It was a feature of this final

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before the rain came. They were just a little bit more imaginative in

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their court positions. They are gambling at the net a bit more.

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You are right. And Alfie is pushing in and putting pressure on Peifer.

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Peifer is making the errors. Just to dispel my theory he goes and

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does a superb backhand crosscourt down the sideline! Hugely talented

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these players. This is the longest game of the match.

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You can see Hewett was moving his chair all the time on the return of

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serve. But to no avail, Houdet did a wonderful serve. It is not the pace,

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it is the placement. That was a great smash. Hewett

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missed three of those in the first set. I am a bit confused as to why

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two French blokes are talking to each other in English on the court.

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But there was no confusion about that smash from Alfie Hewett.

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They have not had a challenge yet. They are enjoying using Hawk-Eye for

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the first time. They are on the board for the first

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time in this second set. It is wonderful that the sport is

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getting this exposure, Peter. You were one of those who in the early

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days went to Athens and Beijing when the BBC covered this life. You were

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setting the pace down. But the game and the sport has moved on. At the

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moment these four are at the forefront and from a British

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perspective and an's prospective Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid are

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doing great. Yes, they are fantastic ambassadors. They are pushing the

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boundaries of tennis as well. It is fantastic to be on the BBC and to be

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at Wimbledon. We never expected that two decades ago. The technology has

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moved on as well with the chairs and the rackets. It is great to see.

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What are the chairs made out of? Most of them are detaining,

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extremely light. Bespoke products. You do not have to have a canister

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to play tennis, but it does help. This is Alfie Hewett. Serving at 4-1

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in the second set. How well did he play? He is having a

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wonderful month or so. He made a bit of wheelchair tennis history in

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Paris last month when he became the first Briton to win the French Open

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singles, beating Gustavo Fernandez in the final at Roland Garros, the

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world number one. They also make him IPC athlete of the month. He has had

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a great quarter here. You can see it in his play, he is feeling

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confident, happy and fit. They started to play for the first

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time in 2007. It was the first time Wimbledon invited wheelchair

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players. They had been playing at the other Grand Slams on the hard

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courts for a while. It has got to be a timely challenge,

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that is the phrase. For the Brazilian referee that was not

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timely. In the mind of Stephane Houdet it

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was timely, but on we go. Alfie Hewett has come out inspired

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since the rain delay. The young man from Norwich. He is guiding this

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British duo towards the third set. That is how you do a reverse

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backhand top-spin across court in wheelchair tennis.

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Went as high as number two, the Frenchman in the world. This is at

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number five. The sport is being played at its

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best at the moment at the best tournament in the world.

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He is playing the tennis of his championships right now. The great

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forehand return. Peifer had not moved from service position when the

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ball went past him. Oh, it had to be. He was almost

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sitting in the front row. That was outstanding. A flick of the wrist at

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the end. Wow. That is the talent. There we go, some brilliance from

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the Frenchman. Houdet on the left, Peifer on the

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right. Houdet took to disability golf Festival after he had a crash

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on his motorbike. He was a really good able-bodied junior tennis

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player before the crash, became one of the more decorated tennis

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players. He switched to tennis after meeting Johan Cruyff, his foundation

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was a big supporter of wheelchair tennis. You'll find Johan Cruyff

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doing juniors and competitions each year, all about the new blood,

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bringing youngsters into the sport. The foundation is still hugely

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virtual. -- hugely influential. That's where some of these players

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have come from. The tennis foundation is doing good work as

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well. There are working to get products into centres. British

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wheelchair tennis is being driven in the right direction.

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Gordon Reid looking to serve out the second set.

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Gordon overrun that, he span round. And he span straight into the balls

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so he couldn't really hit a very good shot. Houdet just came in and

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hit it away for a winner. Looks like they're going to get

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broken again, the British pair. Yes, the Britons who had led 5-1,

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still lead 5-3. They still have the break of serve. It's getting just a

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little tighter than they would have expected. That's when it's going to

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be problems, especially for the British, because they need this

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second set to go to a third and deciding set. Once more, Stephane

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Houdet. There's been a change of momentum in

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this second set. I think they got to 5-1 and a relaxed, took an effort

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off the pedal. Hopefully that will galvanise them

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into being a bit more positive. They got to keep the chairs moving. Keep

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positive. The French roll to their bags and

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the water and the towels having won the last three games and just giving

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Hewett and Reid a little bit to chew on here. And it will be a test of

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Alfie Hewett's new-found confidence, he's been working really hard, we

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know, over the last few years, on the nerves. He'll happily admit that

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on big occasions like this previously, he is still a teenager,

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still only young, but the nerves would sometimes get the better of

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him. He's got to, all of the work he's done over the next few minutes,

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he's got to use that work he did with the sports psychologist. We've

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been encouraging our juniors to go to big tournaments like the

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Paralympics to taste and feel what the atmosphere and pressure is like.

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He's been here before, he's played one Wimbledon, played the

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Paralympics, one the silver medal there, just won his first Grand Slam

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in France. He's getting used to this pressure. They're going to come out

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and serve for the second set. The pressure is well and truly starting

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to build. Right then, healthy, what have you got? -- Alfie? Serve this

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and you will be in a third set. They were racking up the pace in

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there and Alfie hit back to Peifer's line and gave him more as an angle

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to hit out of the trams. Great shot by Gordon Reid. Houdet at

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full strength didn't get to that. Right into the bottom corner.

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Never a good time to do a double fault. Only the second in the final.

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They'll get away with it. Maybe. Made up for his double-faulted with

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a lovely backhand winner. That's what we used to call a daisy

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cutter. Having led 5-1, it could be 5-5 very shortly.

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That's brave, isn't it? A break point down.

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That forehand, through his whole body weight into that.

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That's cool and collected. Great fishing there. -- great pushing.

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Bearing down the line. Tried his flashing backhand again,

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didn't quite come off. The first half of this final, it's very often

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that he is the barometer of the team, Alfie Hewett. There's a level

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of consistency that we'd played at but Hewett can fluctuate, he's

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playing like the player that was winning all those points once they

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resumed half hour ago. You're right, and I think when

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Hewett is aggressive and pushing and doing his flashing backhand is, Reid

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places nice, level game, they start winning a string of points in a row.

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This is starting to reach critical proportions from a British

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perspective but well done to the French, they've charged their way

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back into the spinal. They were 5-1 down a few -- into this final. They

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were 5-1 down a few units ago and it seemed inevitable that there would

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be a third set but it could still end here.

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I love that shot. First bounce off the serve, move in. Wheeling right

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over the baseline. Lean into the shot, which it away for a winner.

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Houdet almost saw its trickling over. Didn't quite do it.

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The damage was done when Hewett to Reid time to look where the gap was,

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to maximise the damage. Having forced their way back in,

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they suddenly drop their serve. You wonder just how good Alfie Hewett

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could be if he is playing at the levels he is playing at the moment

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as an 19-year-old. He has got so much more developing to do, so much

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more to achieve. Yes, he has got a long way to go. The only problem is

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you can get injuries. The boundaries have been pushed, but you have to

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look after your body as well. He had an elbow injury and he is making his

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way back from that. You do recover when you are younger, but to give

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yourself longevity, you have to look after yourself. Also his tournament

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planning has to be spot on. These are all full-time professionals now.

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Absolutely, they go around the circuit. There are many tournaments

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around the world. There is big prize money. Quite a bit of value on a

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Wimbledon title. Gordon Reid has got a couple of them. He is about to

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serve. It is the bigwigs.

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CHEERING It is on the line. Arms down from

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the baseline died. Peifer left that thinking Houdet was covering him.

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As high as the quality of the tennis has been, the quality of the

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challenging has been ropey. You need more practice, boys.

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REFEREE: Game and second set. They won the title in the third set last

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summer. They are into a third set here this summer. They are refusing

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to give up their Wimbledon title. Hewett and Reid have taken us to a

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decider. They are smiling actually. Just thinking they needed that. They

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will settle a bit more now. That made them feel a bit more

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comfortable. Of all the points, which ones catch your eyes. The ones

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in yellow are the good points. First serves in, the best are from the

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Britons. They are playing a bit more solid

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and they will feel a bit more comfortable on the grass now. Alfie

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has been coming in and switching that play on serve. As one is

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serving, the other one comes in. The opponents have got to look for the

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gap. It means a lot. He is so animated.

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Gordon Reid meantime in the background has the look of a man who

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knows there is still a lot of work to do to retain the title. He likes

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Alfie getting excited. He pushes him along on court. Centre Court were to

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mean Muguruza has just become the women's champion.

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Getting the third set under way with new balls.

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There have been one or two of those over the course of the day that he

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would take back if he could. Houdet hit it from the top of the racket.

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Not as secure in the overheads as he normally is.

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All their friends and family are in town. Those who were not friends

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before today will be very quick to become friends. That is what it is

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about. Come and watch some wheelchair tennis and get a

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masterclass in doubles from the top players. Being Wimbledon champion is

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not something you get to do every day of your life.

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They will be the first pair if they could ever retain their title. Alfie

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Hewett. Got to keep the chair moving. Alfie

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Hewett was a bit guilty just sitting there. He blocked his view.

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Good change of direction by Hewett. A lovely backhand down the line.

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It is a cool day in South West London today. Nowhere near the heat

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we had in the first week. There is Stuart Wilkinson and Karen Ross from

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the tennis foundation. Nowhere near as hot as the first

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week. We have had that three hour rain break.

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A final being played in two pass. The first part was definitely shaded

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in French colours. Houdet and Peifer won the first set. Since the

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resumption it has been the other way. That was a super serve. He has

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got much more reach and look over the net and it gives him much more

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angles to serve it to. Interesting to see one or two

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interruptions over the last few minutes because of people in the

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crowd moving around, late to take their seats. It is fascinating to

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see how the tournament they will have in Milan goes in November which

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will be played and experimental rules. One of the rules off the

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court is people can come and go whenever they want. They do not have

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to wait for the change of ends. If they want to get a hot dog and 0-40,

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they can get a hot dog. Relax the game a bit, make it a bit more

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user-friendly. In Rio last year Johnny Vegas walked onto Lucy

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Shuker's court and sat there for about 15 minutes and no one said

:58:02.:58:05.

anything. The best view of the court. How much were you distracted

:58:06.:58:10.

by movement when you were in the crowd when you were playing? With

:58:11.:58:22.

lots of noise and with lots of people, some people are very close

:58:23.:58:31.

to you on court. When you are not completely focused you start looking

:58:32.:58:34.

and seeing and hearing everything. Then it gets difficult. When you are

:58:35.:58:37.

a it does not matter. There could be on court coaching by

:58:38.:58:58.

headsets, no let's. No advantages, you just play a deciding point to

:58:59.:58:59.

deuce. Meantime, back to the job in hand.

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The men's wheelchair doubles final between the French pair, Stephane

:59:15.:59:25.

Houdet and Nicolas Peifer, and the British pair, Alfie Hewett and

:59:26.:59:29.

Gordon Reid. The history between these two pairs, it's a lengthy

:59:30.:59:35.

history, it does not favour Hewett and Reid. This is the tenth occasion

:59:36.:59:38.

they've met and they've only won twice. One of those twice was here

:59:39.:59:44.

last year so it was a big one. But the bulk of the numbers asked -- are

:59:45.:59:52.

stacked for the French. That was also when Alfie was growing into his

:59:53.:59:56.

new-found status as he was coming up into the world rankings from the

:59:57.:00:01.

juniors. He could probably take off of those away.

:00:02.:00:09.

It reminded me, going back to coaching, our world team cup, like

:00:10.:00:15.

the Davis Cup, we have coaches on court and one of the think they say

:00:16.:00:27.

is wouldn't it be more interesting if they were able to change tactics

:00:28.:00:28.

in the singles? Great tennis, he's got it back! Oh,

:00:29.:00:59.

a disappointing end to what was the point of the match so far. The work

:01:00.:01:07.

Reid did! Look at this. Get that back, he's right on the back fence.

:01:08.:01:09.

Great pushing. However, the net result is break

:01:10.:01:15.

point. They have won the game of patients.

:01:16.:02:08.

I was just thinking, which one, because they started getting a bit

:02:09.:02:09.

tentative. Houdet tried a big forehand and it

:02:10.:02:17.

didn't come off. Quite a big game, this. Hewett and

:02:18.:02:58.

Reid it need to take advantage of this point.

:02:59.:03:10.

Well played. Saw off a break point. Won the game point.

:03:11.:03:30.

We remain on serve. If you're just joining us, it's the men's

:03:31.:03:41.

wheelchair doubles final at Wimbledon, we were interrupted by

:03:42.:03:42.

rain for three hours. This is Gordon and Alfie's chance, I

:03:43.:04:21.

think. They know that Peifer can be new -- he can be changeable and he

:04:22.:04:28.

can make mistakes. Well, how significant might that be?

:04:29.:05:09.

They've got the break of serve in this deciding set.

:05:10.:05:23.

Their respective armies are in full cry. Maybe lots of people watching

:05:24.:05:31.

this back home, maybe in their chairs, thinking, I quite fancy a

:05:32.:05:34.

bit of wheelchair tennis, what do they do, where do they go, how easy

:05:35.:05:40.

is it to take up the sport? Really easy, just go down your local tennis

:05:41.:05:44.

Centre. There are hubs as well, you can get hold of the tennis

:05:45.:05:47.

foundation, they've got a big website. There's lots of chairs in

:05:48.:05:56.

centres and coaches. You can just get started. It's exciting, the

:05:57.:06:04.

crowd! That's how I got started, I went down to my local tennis Centre

:06:05.:06:11.

and said, I want to play tennis. There are so many more opportunities

:06:12.:06:12.

now. You don't have to have one of these

:06:13.:06:26.

nifty chairs, you can use -- leave your day chair at the side of the

:06:27.:06:32.

court and these chairs are available for you, so if you fancy it, you

:06:33.:06:34.

know what to do. That was in, surely? The one called

:06:35.:07:00.

it. That's a very good challenge, is it? Its way in.

:07:01.:07:08.

Going to have to do some training on that. The quality of the challenging

:07:09.:07:18.

has fallen some distance short of the quality of the tennis. To be

:07:19.:07:24.

fair, we don't have a Hawk-Eye in most of the other tournaments so

:07:25.:07:27.

they're getting used to it. I think you're being very kind!

:07:28.:07:50.

These are the moments for which Alfie Hewett has worked so hard, for

:07:51.:07:56.

the sports psychologist to help him, to calm the nerves, he's been in big

:07:57.:08:01.

situations like this before. French Open champion a month ago on the

:08:02.:08:05.

close at Roland Garros, fully focused.

:08:06.:08:51.

Quite a big period of the match, this. The middle of the third set. I

:08:52.:09:01.

think Alfie and Gordon can get on top of the French pair, they have a

:09:02.:09:06.

good chance. I almost said good serve.

:09:07.:09:25.

Starting to wonder if we're going to do this again, if we're going to win

:09:26.:10:14.

it together again. That was a big game. If you look at the French,

:10:15.:10:19.

they fade in and out. The British duo can keep the pressure on.

:10:20.:11:16.

Alfie wasn't taking any chances on his overheads this time.

:11:17.:13:19.

Wow, that's what you can do playing tennis on wheels. Longest rally in

:13:20.:13:27.

the match, 33 shots. Look at this daisy cutter. Skimming the top of

:13:28.:13:32.

the net. The ball didn't come up off the grass, that's why he couldn't

:13:33.:13:38.

really get under it. Full court play, full credit to them.

:13:39.:13:52.

That's is strong mentally from Stephane Houdet as much as anything,

:13:53.:13:57.

holding onto his service game. It's heating up a bit, isn't it? This is

:13:58.:14:03.

where we are, out on Court number three, up the hill. On Court 17, for

:14:04.:14:11.

the quarterfinals and the semifinals. They've moved to one of

:14:12.:14:17.

the grand show courts near the millennium building. It holds a

:14:18.:14:22.

couple of thousand. It was full first thing this morning before the

:14:23.:14:28.

rain came and the finals began on number one and centre. Very healthy

:14:29.:14:32.

population still, largely by folk who are not entirely neutral!

:14:33.:14:41.

Mums and dads, aunties, uncles, brothers and sisters, and coaches.

:14:42.:14:52.

They are all trying to stay calm from a British perspective for now

:14:53.:15:02.

because Hewett and Reid have the break of serve. More people are

:15:03.:15:06.

coming into the stadium to get a view of wheelchair tennis at its

:15:07.:15:17.

best. Potentially two games away. It is a big game to hold for Reid.

:15:18.:15:31.

You can see they are positive. Hewett is trying to upset the rhythm

:15:32.:15:36.

by coming in and out. Gordon Reid lost the use of his legs

:15:37.:15:57.

just before his 30th birthday. He had a disease that affects the

:15:58.:16:00.

spinal-cord and he was paralysed for six months.

:16:01.:16:13.

Once he regained some movement he began to play the sport initially

:16:14.:16:20.

just to keep fit. Then they realised he was pretty good at it and now he

:16:21.:16:23.

is winning Wimbledon titles. You can see the French heads going

:16:24.:16:44.

down a little bit. It is not going their way. It is going the British

:16:45.:16:46.

way. That is exceptional from Peifer.

:16:47.:17:17.

Strong wrists. Oh, missed it. Confusion in the

:17:18.:17:54.

French camp, that is why. They are nearly there.

:17:55.:18:07.

Houdet and Peifer have worked so hard and played so well to make this

:18:08.:18:11.

final a spectacle. I think we will see Hewett and Reid

:18:12.:18:32.

pressing a bit more to elicit some mistakes from the French.

:18:33.:18:54.

The French pair have been together now for over 100 matches, ten years.

:18:55.:19:03.

They are not giving up yet. Not by a long chalk. Not when you have

:19:04.:19:11.

someone of the ability of Stephane Houdet flying around the net. They

:19:12.:19:15.

will push this pair to serve it out because they can put pressure on the

:19:16.:19:17.

serve. They will need at least one more

:19:18.:19:41.

game before we work out who the Wimbledon champions will be. Where

:19:42.:19:46.

were you the most nervous, Peter, when you were winning your

:19:47.:19:51.

Paralympic medals? Five of them and ten Grand Slam titles. When were you

:19:52.:19:57.

most nervous? The first round, the semifinals. It is all or nothing

:19:58.:20:04.

essentially. If you win, you are in the final. The reality comes in the

:20:05.:20:10.

final. And then the very last game serving for the match. That is when

:20:11.:20:19.

you have to focus so much. It becomes tunnel vision. You have to

:20:20.:20:26.

exclude everything and pick the spot where you are going to serve.

:20:27.:20:32.

Because you are choosing, you are deciding, where the ball is going

:20:33.:20:35.

and in a way where it is coming back. You need to think of two

:20:36.:20:46.

shots. They are being roared on by a big support. Alfie Hewett and Gordon

:20:47.:20:51.

Reid have enjoyed calling themselves Wimbledon champions over the last

:20:52.:20:52.

year. It is interesting how the nerves

:20:53.:21:28.

fluctuate between each pair. Depending on what the score is, the

:21:29.:21:38.

nerves build and then they deflate. It has been an advantage in this

:21:39.:21:45.

final so far. Absolutely, sometimes it is good to be behind. Then the

:21:46.:21:47.

pressure comes off. He will be looking for a big serve

:21:48.:22:03.

because he has got nothing to lose now.

:22:04.:22:31.

Communication. That is why you hit the ball down the middle. It is so

:22:32.:22:40.

effective. Both of them were doing backhand. Normally you would say it

:22:41.:22:42.

is the forehand. That is a ripper. That is what he

:22:43.:23:24.

has got to do. He has got to take the ball by the horns and use his

:23:25.:23:31.

chair and his body and go for it. Be aggressive and not passive.

:23:32.:23:42.

Oh, dear. Stephane Houdet raised his game at the time he needed to. They

:23:43.:24:00.

also went a bit passive. They did not go for the win. But that is

:24:01.:24:07.

often what happens when you are serving for a match.

:24:08.:24:15.

It will be a third set tie-break if it goes to 6-6.

:24:16.:24:27.

The pressure is off Hewett and read now. It would be nice for them to

:24:28.:24:32.

break back. Oh, he has missed it. Houdet has

:24:33.:25:03.

missed his little drop volley. Oh, that is just brilliant from

:25:04.:25:34.

Alfie Hewett who is firing again. That is what they want. That

:25:35.:25:42.

forehand crosscourt. It flashed past the front of Houdet.

:25:43.:26:01.

You could hear the crash and that was Houdet's chair coming down onto

:26:02.:26:06.

the ground. Great chair control. Unlucky,

:26:07.:27:26.

though. Wow. Isn't that the nerves of steel by the Frenchman? I suspect

:27:27.:27:33.

I was not the only one who forgot to breathe during the rally. Still

:27:34.:27:35.

another break point. It was long. I do not think these

:27:36.:28:07.

challenges are going to improve percentage-wise. They cannot have

:28:08.:28:17.

many challenges left. It's good, solid tennis. He thought

:28:18.:29:19.

he was going to go for the usual forehand but he headed into the

:29:20.:29:23.

trams. But play. I was just saying to myself, come on

:29:24.:29:45.

Alfie Hewett, rip a backhand top-spin, and he did. He eyed it up

:29:46.:29:52.

and he went, wash! In moments like that, he's been the best player on

:29:53.:29:56.

the court. If it was a highlight reel, he would beat providing most

:29:57.:29:58.

of the shots. The extra pace with Hewett again on

:29:59.:30:29.

his forehand, made Houdet overcook it. Karen Ross on her feet. She's

:30:30.:30:37.

been with Gordon Reid for a decade or so now. She was with Andy Murray

:30:38.:30:46.

went he was growing up in Dunblane. She knows what this moment might

:30:47.:30:47.

mean. Oh, he's got it! He has got it and

:30:48.:31:12.

the family are little bit excited! Well, they've been here before.

:31:13.:31:41.

Sure, it's brilliant. That's why we watch it, that's why we play, that's

:31:42.:31:48.

why we love sport. They absolutely have loved being champions. A couple

:31:49.:31:56.

of weeks ago, Gordon Reid added MBE to his name on the back of that

:31:57.:32:03.

Paralympic medal, met the Queen in Edinburgh. Alfie Hewett has been

:32:04.:32:06.

French Open champion. But this is where it started for them 12 months

:32:07.:32:10.

ago on these courts, at this place, at Wimbledon. It's really defined

:32:11.:32:24.

them as a partnership. Gordon Reid's girlfriend in the white dress

:32:25.:32:29.

leading the applause. And again, one game. But we know how tough that can

:32:30.:32:39.

be sometimes. This time, it will be on the serve of Gordon Reid.

:32:40.:33:01.

That's a good omen, isn't it? And miscommunication by the French

:33:02.:33:07.

again. And Hewett and we'd take the first point.

:33:08.:33:30.

That's the pressure of the double faults, not surprising. So much at

:33:31.:33:37.

stake. Calling yourself Wimbledon champion. Not going to have anything

:33:38.:33:46.

in out left! -- any fingernails left!

:33:47.:34:06.

The right shot for Gordon, hit it right at the wheels of Peifer and he

:34:07.:34:15.

got a short ball and he could put that away really easily.

:34:16.:35:16.

Two championship points. To defend the title.

:35:17.:35:58.

Celebrations in the standard at a bit premature. It looked it but

:35:59.:36:05.

Peifer was way too fast there and guided it between me two British

:36:06.:36:07.

players. Still another match point. And a reminder that if this goes to

:36:08.:36:39.

6-6, where it entering a tie-break, just like last year to decide who

:36:40.:36:40.

the champions are. Two championship points have come

:36:41.:37:06.

and gone. Now there's one more. People can barely watch in the

:37:07.:37:23.

commentary box. Do a big serve, that's what I'd do!

:37:24.:37:43.

Especially for that, go big. They're being careful, quite rightly.

:37:44.:38:27.

Thing is, you can't pick it. It keeps swinging, the momentum keeps

:38:28.:38:33.

changing. The pressure keeps changing on each player.

:38:34.:38:58.

And we're into a tie-break. And hats off to Peifer and Houdet. Under

:38:59.:40:38.

enormous pressure. Made sure that just like last year, this men's

:40:39.:40:45.

doubles final will be decided in the most domestic of fashions. --

:40:46.:40:52.

dramatic of fashions. The French are serving first as well which gives

:40:53.:40:57.

them a slight advantage. The championship points came and went

:40:58.:40:58.

for the British. Fabulous reach by Alfie Hewett

:40:59.:41:52.

there. Maybe outfoxed Houdet. He does keep pulling out the big

:41:53.:42:18.

forehand and backhand when they really, really need it. Could not

:42:19.:42:24.

get much tighter! There is the first mini-break in

:42:25.:42:57.

this tied deciding tie-break. That was wide of the centreline. I

:42:58.:43:23.

don't think we've got one right, yet. And the trend continues.

:43:24.:43:31.

Your heart goes out to Stephane Houdet. Not a great time to

:43:32.:43:51.

challenge, tie-break, second serve, changes your with and your

:43:52.:43:52.

smoothness. -- changes your rhythm. Just gone off the boil a little bit,

:43:53.:44:22.

Gordon. CROWD: ??CAP NEXT come on, boys.

:44:23.:44:56.

Their coach is off his feet. Karen Ross next door is offering support,

:44:57.:45:02.

the crowd are offering support. They used as support me through my

:45:03.:45:10.

trials and tribulations as well. A fantastic reach by Hewett. He has

:45:11.:45:54.

been a little superstar over the last half an hour. He is the one

:45:55.:45:56.

driving them forward now. They have had championship points

:45:57.:46:33.

before. They have got four more of them.

:46:34.:47:18.

Gordon and Alfie can afford to be positive. They can afford to take a

:47:19.:47:26.

couple of risks. They have a couple of spare points. Be aggressive.

:47:27.:47:55.

They have done it. They have done it again. Hewett and read. Alfie and

:47:56.:48:12.

Gordon, Wimbledon champions again. Amazing. Amazing scenes.

:48:13.:48:20.

How good was he? Gordon Reid, the Paralympic champion, the Paralympic

:48:21.:48:44.

gold medallist, alongside the Paralympic silver medallist. They

:48:45.:48:48.

have another 12 months of being able to call themselves Wimbledon

:48:49.:48:54.

champions. How about that? Unbelievable, it is fantastic. As

:48:55.:49:02.

Gordon was pointing to Alfie again, similar to their match last year.

:49:03.:49:09.

When Alfie is hitting those backhand shots, it puts pressure on the

:49:10.:49:15.

opponents. He lifted them up in that tie-break. Glorious. Let's not

:49:16.:49:22.

forget the work that the coaches put in. The back room teams. I am not

:49:23.:49:29.

entirely sure the official steward should be doing that. There you go,

:49:30.:49:34.

any semblance of neutrality thrown out of the window. It has been that

:49:35.:49:40.

kind of day. Brilliant, absolutely fantastic. I work for Stephane

:49:41.:49:46.

Houdet as well, one of the great men of this sport. He has contributed to

:49:47.:49:52.

wheelchair tennis for so long. He is a fabulous ambassador. This is an

:49:53.:49:57.

exhibition of wheelchair tennis for everyone. We see it all the time and

:49:58.:50:10.

we have been pushing the boundaries. These four players are marvellous.

:50:11.:50:19.

The talent is incredible. The president of the French tennis

:50:20.:50:23.

Federation is amongst those getting the autographs. Look at Alfie

:50:24.:50:34.

Hewett's face. I think they knew how close they came. Who wants the

:50:35.:50:42.

sweatband of a Wimbledon champion? I hope he gets those free. That is

:50:43.:50:48.

where the sport has changed! You laid the foundations for this,

:50:49.:51:03.

Peter. It is just brilliant. One of the wonderful things as well seeing

:51:04.:51:09.

those kids get their autographs, we are of a generation were watching

:51:10.:51:12.

somebody played tennis in a wheelchair was something new for us,

:51:13.:51:17.

something we had to get used to, something we learned about. For this

:51:18.:51:22.

next generation watching people playing tennis in wheelchairs is

:51:23.:51:28.

commonplace, that is what happens. Absolutely and also the history of

:51:29.:51:32.

disability and the changes in society for various things. This is

:51:33.:51:42.

the norm. In my daily life I can do everything you can do, I can play

:51:43.:51:45.

tennis in the same as everyone else, it is just that I am sitting down.

:51:46.:51:51.

Ladies and gentlemen, the trophies will be presented on court to the

:51:52.:51:54.

winners and the runners-up of the wheelchair doubles. Please welcome

:51:55.:52:02.

to court David Rollinson, the member of the committee of the management

:52:03.:52:06.

of the Championships and deputy president of the LTA.

:52:07.:52:18.

Firstly, this year's runners up from France, Stephane Houdet and Nicolas

:52:19.:52:23.

Peifer. And now the 2017 Wimbledon champions

:52:24.:53:03.

from Great Britain, Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett.

:53:04.:53:08.

Let's grab a work with our champions. Alfie, how good is it to

:53:09.:54:00.

come here and defend your title? It is absolutely amazing and to do it

:54:01.:54:08.

in such a close battle as well against the French. They fought for

:54:09.:54:12.

every single point even when they were 5-3 down. They made a great

:54:13.:54:16.

match of it. Congratulations to them. It was a terrific match in

:54:17.:54:24.

terms of quality and as Alfie said, Gordon, the fight from Stephan and

:54:25.:54:31.

Nicholas, they saved four match point in the end and they put you

:54:32.:54:35.

under pressure. They do not like doing it the easy way that is for

:54:36.:54:39.

sure. I would like to thank them for the way the match was played, in the

:54:40.:54:46.

best spirit possible. And look at this crowd, listen to it. You guys

:54:47.:54:53.

are amazing. I have been playing wheelchair tennis for 12 years and

:54:54.:54:56.

never once did I think we would fill a stadium out in Wimbledon like

:54:57.:55:01.

this, especially as the women's singles final was happening on

:55:02.:55:06.

Centre Court. I hope you enjoyed the match and thank you for the support.

:55:07.:55:11.

I do not think there will be a single person here who did not enjoy

:55:12.:55:15.

it and who was not applauding every shot of the near three hours of

:55:16.:55:19.

action, spread over a longer than that because of the rain delays. How

:55:20.:55:24.

tough was it in the closing stages of the third set knowing you were

:55:25.:55:28.

that close to retaining the title to go through and do it? When you have

:55:29.:55:33.

four match point and they saved them all and you have to go into a

:55:34.:55:38.

tie-break it is quite tiring and you have to restart and go again. We did

:55:39.:55:43.

a good job of going out there and having no regrets and just going for

:55:44.:55:46.

it and playing instinctively and that is what we did in the end. It

:55:47.:55:50.

is one of the best tie-breaks we played. You have got a whole section

:55:51.:55:58.

of family, friends, supporters, coaches. What would you like to say

:55:59.:56:08.

to them? They have been there for us ever since the start of our

:56:09.:56:12.

journeys, especially my guys back over there. And the coaches over

:56:13.:56:17.

there and everyone else is spread out around the court, it is great to

:56:18.:56:21.

experience this with them and celebrate with them. There will be

:56:22.:56:26.

some watching, like little Cameron who is ten years old, who wants to

:56:27.:56:31.

follow in your footsteps. What do you hope next for wheelchair tennis?

:56:32.:56:38.

What do you hope that this and having it on Court the can now

:56:39.:56:43.

propel you to do? That is what it is all about. And last year the sport

:56:44.:56:48.

has grown massively, especially in this country. The more opportunity

:56:49.:56:53.

we have on this stage to showcase the sport, the more chance we can

:56:54.:56:57.

inspire young people to pick it up and it can have an impact on their

:56:58.:57:02.

lives as well. Hopefully we can peep people in the sport and keep going

:57:03.:57:06.

on the Centre Court may be in a couple of years. Well fed and well

:57:07.:57:14.

played. To our champions once again, Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett.

:57:15.:57:31.

They speak so well and they played so well as well. It was immensely

:57:32.:57:39.

exciting. I mentioned little Cameron who is sitting there behind, because

:57:40.:57:43.

he wants to be the next Alfie Hewett. What an inspiration those

:57:44.:57:50.

guys are. The thing about disability sport, this is about professional

:57:51.:57:53.

people playing the best sport they possibly can and it shows what they

:57:54.:57:58.

can do. They have now grabbed the union flag and Gordon and Alfie are

:57:59.:58:02.

celebrating with their trophy. They have come through 6-7, 7-5, 7-6. The

:58:03.:58:10.

French pair saved four match point. It was a thrilling match and they

:58:11.:58:14.

thoroughly deserved their victory. I cannot tell you what a joy it is to

:58:15.:58:18.

be here in front of such a large crowd applauding high-quality

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tennis. Well done to them. Coverage continues on BBC One of the mixed

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doubles final. Goodbye.

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Clare Balding introduces continued coverage of the final of the men's wheelchair doubles. The French pairing of Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer take on British pair Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid.