Gutsy Gordon Reid battled through the pain barrier to come agonisingly close to a memorable triumph at the LTA’s British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships in Nottingham.
The Glasgow ace, who is supported by the LTA’s Wheelchair Tennis Performance Pathway, was involved in an East Midlands thriller as he and partner Joachim Gerard went down 3-6 6-3 8-10 against Martin de la Puente and Nicolas Peifer.
Reid, 30, and Gerard, 33, stormed back to lead 8-7 in the tie-break but were unable to edge over the line as the Spanish and French duo turned the tables to clinch an epic encounter.
Reid was nursing a bad wrist injury all week and took significant pride from his run to the final with Gerard, who replaced long-term partner Alfie Hewett at the Nottingham showpiece.
The 19-time Grand Slam doubles champion – who won ten in a row with Hewett before defeat in this month’s Wimbledon final – said: “It was a tight one in the end, but they deserved it.
“It was not our best day today but it was still good fun to play with Jo.
“It’s not very often I get to play with anyone other than Alfie, so it’s nice to play with a guy with a bit longer arms.
“But yeah, it was good fun and hopefully we get the chance in the future again.”
On his injury, the two-time Paralympic Games silver medallist added: “Thanks to the guys at the LTA for their help again.
“A big thanks to Sam, the physio, and AJ the doctor who have been helping me out a lot, more than I would like recently but they’re the reason why I’m playing, so a big thanks to them.”
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