Alfie Hewett was denied a fourth French Open title as Japanese teenager Tokito Oda won the wheelchair singles.

Alfie Hewett found Tokido Oda too strong in the men’s wheelchair singles final at the French Open, but compatriot Andy Lapthorne won the quad wheelchair doubles.

Hewett has been a dominant force in singles, coming into Paris as the No. 1 seed and seeking a fourth Roland-Carros crown.

But he met his match in the form of Oda, a young Japanese man who created a spectacular spectacle.


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Oda took Hewett down in the opening set and the Briton had no answer to the 17-year-old’s aggressive approach.

Time and time again, Oda would get inside the baseline and take the serve early, and Hewett struggled to handle accurate returns on both wings.

Two breaks of serve were enough for Oda to take the opening set 6-1.

Hewett was broken again in a huge game at the start of the second set, and although the Brit battled valiantly, he was unable to deny Oda a 6-1 6-4 win on Court Philippe-Chatrier.

England’s Lapthorne won the quad wheelchair doubles alongside Rambadi

„You absolutely deserved that title today, it was amazing there – and for a young man, it’s very impressive,” Hewett said. “I am sure there will be many more battles and finals between us.

“I would like to thank Roland-Carros for giving me and Tokido the opportunity to play in this incredible arena.

„It’s my first time playing here and it’s as good as watching it on TV – I’m very happy to play here, not happy with the result, but we’re progressing, Wimbledon is next, so I’m looking forward to it.”

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Hewett will have a chance to bounce back when he teams up with Gordon Reid against Martin de la Puente and Gustavo Fernandez in the doubles.

Lapthorne did great for Great Britain when he teamed up with South Africa’s Donald Rambadi to beat Robert Shaw and Heath Davidson 1-6 6-2 10-3 in the quad wheelchair doubles.

After winning a 14th doubles Grand Slam, Lapthorne said: „It’s the first time we’ve played together and we’ve won, so it’s a sign of things to come.”


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