Wimbledon: 'Sting for a while’ – Alfie Hewett loses wheelchair singles final to Shingo Kunieda in dramatic fashion
"I'm obviously gutted. That is going to sting for a while," said Briton Alfie Hewett after he suffered a final set tie-break against Japanese top seed Shingo Kunieda. It was another day to remember for Kunieda, who has won 11 singles titles at the Australian Open in addition to eight victories at the French Open and eight at the US Open.
Alfie Hewett of Great Britain plays a forehand against Shingo Kunieda of Japan during their Men's Wheelchair Singles Final match on day fourteen of The Championships Wimbledon 2022 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 10, 2022 in London.
"I'm obviously gutted. That is going to sting for a while," said Hewett.
"It has been incredible this week to get wheelchair tennis on Court One and to get the amount of spectators that were there. There have been some incredible matches. I will reflect on this with a lot of positives and I'm just ready for a break.”
Congratulating Kunieda, who now holds all four major men’s wheelchair singles titles after his first-ever Wimbledon triumph, Hewett said: "Congratulations to Shingo and his team. We were both so desperate to win. You are one of the best wheelchair players we will ever see. That was epic from you today."
It was another day to remember for Kunieda, who has won 11 singles titles at the Australian Open in addition to eight victories at the French Open and eight at the US Open.
Kunieda, said it was "a dream came true right now" and paid tribute to Roger Federer, who he said had provided him “very good advice last year”.
Shingo Kunieda of Japan celebrates after wining championship point against Alfie Hewett of Great Britain during Gentlemen's wheelchair singles - Final during day fourteen of The Championships Wimbledon 2022 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.
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“Thank you to Alfie for a great battle,” the 38-year-old continued.
“You have more years [ahead of you] than me so you can get this title in the future.”
It was the second time Kunieda had come out on top against Hewett this weekend. On Saturday, he and partner Gustavo Fernandez defeated Hewett and Gordon Reid in the wheelchair doubles final.
The British pair were aiming for an incredible 11th consecutive Grand Slam title but they were beaten 6-3 6-1 by the second seeds on Court Three - their first loss at a Slam final since Wimbledon in 2019.
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