Singles and doubles glory for Sheffield wheelchair tennis player Alex Jewitt

Alex Jewitt followed up his double in Sheffield
Alex Jewitt followed up his double in Sheffield

Sheffield’s two-time Paralympian Alex Jewitt clinched the men’s singles and doubles titles at Wrexham Wheelchair Tennis Tournament.

He followed up his singles and doubles victories in Sheffield earlier this year.

It’s the second successive year that Jewitt has won the men’s singles at both the Sheffield and Wrexham ITF Futures Series events, two of six British world ranking tournaments supported by the Tennis Foundation, but the first time that he’s completed both tournaments with a full house of singles and doubles titles.

The former national champion faced his biggest challenge in the quarter-finals of the singles in Wrexham, needing a third set before beating Kettering’s Dermot Bailey 6-1, 4-6, 6-2. However, in his first round and semi-finals matches Jewitt dropped only four games and went on to beat Lincolnshire second seed Ed Holt in the final for the second successive year.

After his 6-2 6-3 win over Holt, the two paired up to win the men’s doubles as the duo added to their victory in the men’s doubles at Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre in February.

Second seeds Jewitt and Holt won their quarter-final and semi-final matches for the loss of just two games before beating top seeds Bailey and Paul Stewart 6-4, 6-3 in Sunday’s final.

Jewitt picked up runners-up honours in the doubles in Wrexham in 2013 after Holt and Stewart won the title.

“I’ve been hitting a fair bit with some of the players on the Tennis Foundation’s Wheelchair Tennis Performance Programme this year and it’s great to see them developing so well. But it’s also very nice to see my experience helping me through to winning more titles,” said former world No.26 Jewitt.

*Sheffield Wheelchair Tennis Tournament has again been sanctioned as an ITF Futures Series world ranking event on the 201 Tour and will be staged at Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre from April 24-26.