Search

Great Britain Paralympics star Gordon Reid wants NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters win to conclude incredible 2016

PUBLISHED: 13:00 29 October 2016

Paralympic wheelchair tennis gold medallist Gordon Reid at the Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre (pic: Ken Mears).

Paralympic wheelchair tennis gold medallist Gordon Reid at the Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre (pic: Ken Mears).

Archant

25-year-old has enjoyed incredible 12 months and hopes to finish with more silverware at Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre

Paralympic wheelchair tennis gold medallist Gordon Reid takes on journalists at the Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre (pic: Ken Mears).Paralympic wheelchair tennis gold medallist Gordon Reid takes on journalists at the Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre (pic: Ken Mears).

Gordon Reid, 2016 Paralympic wheelchair tennis gold medallist, believes winning the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters tournament will the perfect ending to a sensational 12 months.

The 25-year-old Scot began the year by claiming the Australian Open title before then going on to triumph at the first ever Wimbledon singles event.

Reid claimed gold in the singles event at Rio and silver in the doubles competition too and now can’t wait for the Masters at Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre.

“This year has not been bad. It has been incredible and a bit of a whirlwind. I feel like I’ve gone from one thing to the next so it’s been a bit non-stop,” said the Glasgow resident ahead of the Masters competition which starts on November 30 and runs until December 4.

“It has gone better than I ever could have imagined and topped off in Rio with a couple of medals. The perfect ending would be coming back here in a few weeks time and winning the Masters on home soil and taking the number one ranking before the end of the year.”

Reid is determined to win the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters after suffering with illness at the event in 2015.

And the Scot will now come into the tournament with much more confidence and belief than ever before.

“Obviously I started the year by winning the Australian Open and I probably didn’t enjoy that one as much because there was a lot of pressure on me,” said Reid.

“It was more relief rather than enjoyment, but I loved every second of Wimbledon. I love playing on the grass. It is really fun and the support I had was massive and it was so much fun playing in front of a big crowd. The coverage we got was brilliant.

Paralympic wheelchair tennis gold medallist Gordon Reid (right) at the Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre with Archant journalist George Sessions (centre) and Alex Chaston (pic: Ken Mears).Paralympic wheelchair tennis gold medallist Gordon Reid (right) at the Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre with Archant journalist George Sessions (centre) and Alex Chaston (pic: Ken Mears).

“Rio is different because you’re playing for your country so there is the added special element to it. You are part of a bigger team, Paralympics GB, so when we were winning the medals it felt like we were contributing to something rather than just ourselves.

“Then you get those special moments that you get nowhere else like when you get to sit on the podium and listen to the national anthem. It is quite emotional so it is quite difficult to choose the highlight, but it is a good problem to have.”

Before 2016 Reid had enjoyed huge success in wheelchair tennis, but struggled to make his mark in the grand slams tournaments.

A change of thinking has enabled the humble Scot to translate his clear ability in titles over the past memorable 12 months.

“I’ve put in a lot of years of hard work and the more you put in the more it pays off. I think it was an accumulation of that work coming together added with more experience of playing in those big matches, a little bit more maturity and a change in mindset this year,” explained Reid.

“I had won events at every level outside of the grand slams so I had beaten all the top players and I knew I could do it. I just never produced my best on the grand slam stage so I think instead of thinking about it like that, I realised I need to go out and enjoy it.

“The reason you train and play is for tournaments like the grand slams so I just wanted to go out there and let my tennis do the talking and the results take care of themselves rather than thinking ‘I really need to win, I haven’t won a grand slam yet’ so it was a change in mindset and after winning in Australia it gave me the freedom to enjoy the rest of the year.”

It has been an incredible 2016 for Reid and tennis fans wanting to see the double grand slam winner in action later this year at the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters can purchase their tickets for the tournament at www.tennisfoundation.org.uk.

Latest East London Sports News

Yesterday, 07:00

In light of an Essex wicketkeeping injury crisis bordering on an epidemic, Will Buttleman has learnt to keep his cricket bag packed and ready. And to always keep his mobile phone switched on.

Fri, 17:15

The midfielder has signed for the O's on a two-year contract

Pablo Fornals joins the Hammers in five-year deal

Thu, 15:20

Lord's Cricket Ground welcomed 450 children from schools across the country as part of the annual Chance to Shine Schools' Open Day, supported by Yorkshire Tea.

Thu, 11:00

The club will keep Brisbane Road open to allow supporters the opportunity to pay respect to Justin Edinburgh, including writing in the book of condolence

Wed, 13:30

The O's striker was not included in Zimbabwe's 23-man squad after issues with his passport

Tue, 16:00

Leyton Orient's chairman and other members of the board have shared their special memories of Justin Edinburgh

PROMOTED CONTENT

Curated by AEG Presents, All Points East is bringing an impressive line-up of multi-flavoured music to Victoria Park from May 24-26 and May 31-June 2.

Victoria Park - or 'Vicky Park' as the locals know it - has been the setting for many important events over the years.​ Here, we take a look at its unique cultural history.

The team behind All Points East have put together a mouth-watering line-up of local food and drink traders who will be fuelling the festival in May.

Newsletter Sign Up

East London Advertiser twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Most Read

Latest from the East London Advertiser

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists