Ravenous Reid reaches second Aussie final with straight-sets win
SCOTLAND’S Gordon Reid has reached his second men’s doubles final at the Australian Open after he and his partner, Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez, beat Germany’s Joachim Gerard and Belgium’s Maikel Scheffers 6-1, 7-5.
It may have been a straight-sets victory but Reid and Fernandez were pushed hard by their semi-final opponents, having to come 2-0 down and then 5-3 down in the second set.
Reid and Fernandez will now play the defending champions and top seeds Stephane Houdet of France and Shingo Kuneida of Japan in the final overnight.
“I’m delighted to be back in an Australian Open final after a good solid performance from us today,” said 23-year-old Reid, who partnered Scheffers to last year’s final. “This will be our second final in as many tournaments together, so we will be all out to win tomorrow.
“After Maikel and I finished runners-up to Stephane [Houdet] and Shingo [Kuneida] last year I’m really hungry for a first Grand Slam title.”
Helensburgh-born Reid was crowned Tennis Scotland’s International Player of the Year in 2014 but his journey to this point has not been seamless. He recently criticised the organisers of the Australian Open for failing to invest in the wheelchair events in Melbourne.
Reid, who was paralysed from the waist down just a week prior to his 13th birthday, insisted that organisers of the grand slam events should invest more in order for the sport to grow.
He said: “If the prize money were to be doubled or even trebled at the grand slams, considering how much is already spent, how much would the tournaments really miss that?
“It would totally change our sport as players would be earning enough to train as professionals and the level of competition would rise as more people would compete.”
BACK IN THE BIG TIME: Gordon Reid and partner Gustavo Fernandez are one step from glory.