Gordon Reid revels in hard court return after British Open quarter-final victory

Gordon Reid revels in hard court return after British Open quarter-final victory

Gordon Reid was pleased to return to hard courts after a strong start to his singles campaign at the LTA’s British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships.

Scotland’s Reid, who is supported by the LTA’s Wheelchair Tennis Performance Pathway, had already got his doubles campaign off to a strong start on Wednesday, not dropping a single game in the opening round alongside Joachim Gerard.

And in his opening singles match, the 30-year-old beat fellow Brit Dermot Bailey 6-0 6-3 to ease his way into the last four in Nottingham.

Reid was playing at Wimbledon just a few days ago, and was delighted to get his first singles win back on hard court - a surface he finds more comfortable.

He said: “It’s pretty easy going in this direction from grass to hard. It’s not so easy going the other way as grass is a lot tougher on the body to move.

“As soon as you come on the hard court from grass you feel that you’re absolutely flying. It’s been pretty easy. I’ve had a couple of days in between to train and rest so I’m feeling good.

“It was good I thought [against Bailey]. It’s quite windy so getting used to the conditions took a little bit of time. I though I served really well the whole match which obviously puts your opponent under a lot of pressure straight away.

“It was my first match here so I’m happy with the way it went and hopefully I’ll build on that tomorrow.”

This year’s event in Nottingham sees the return of fans, after the event was held behind closed doors in 2021.

And after what was a historic Wimbledon for wheelchair tennis, with multiple matches taking place in front of large crowds on Court 1, the Scot was pleased to see so many fans in Nottingham.

Reid added: “It’s fantastic. We know that Wimbledon is the big one so it’s nice to still have people coming and supporting, hopefully enjoying the tennis.”

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