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Gordon "Gio" Reid MBE (born 2 October 1991) is a British professional wheelchair tennis player from Scotland, ranked world No.4 in singles and world No.1 in doubles.[1] He is a paralympic gold medallist and 2 time singles grand slam champion.[2]

Gordon Reid
Gordon Reid (GBR) (9704008814).jpg
Reid at the 2013 US Open
Country (sports) Great Britain
ResidenceGlasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Born (1991-10-02) 2 October 1991 (age 27)
Alexandria, Scotland, United Kingdom
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro2012
PlaysLeft-handed
Singles
Career record395-148 (72.7%)
Highest rankingNo. 1 (19 September 2016)
Current rankingNo. 5 (9 July 2018)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenW (2016)
French OpenF (2016, 2019)
WimbledonW (2016)
US OpenSF (2013, 2017)
Other tournaments
MastersF (2016, 2017)
Paralympic GamesGold medal Paralympics.svg Gold Medal (2016)
Doubles
Career record328-129 (71.8%)
Highest rankingNo. 1 (9 November 2015)
Current rankingNo. 4 (9 July 2018)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (2017)
French OpenW (2015, 2016)
WimbledonW (2016, 2017, 2018)
US OpenW (2015, 2017, 2018)
Other doubles tournaments
Masters DoublesW (2013, 2015, 2017)
Paralympic GamesSilver medal Paralympics.svg Silver Medal (2016)
Last updated on: 9 September 2018.

He has competed for Great Britain at the Summer Paralympics when tennis made its first appearance at Beijing 2008. He reached the quarter-finals in the singles in London 2012 as well as reaching the quarter-finals in the doubles.[3] He won Paralympic gold in the men's singles event at Rio 2016 and silver in the doubles event with partner Alfie Hewett, who he beat in the singles final.

Early lifeEdit

Reid was born in Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire on 2 October 1991. He comes from a tennis-playing family and started playing tennis at the age of six, alongside his two brothers and sister at Helensburgh Lawn Tennis Club, where he was a good junior player, before contracting transverse myelitis in 2004.[1]

He first began playing wheelchair tennis in 2005, when he was introduced to the sport at Scotstoun Leisure Centre in Glasgow. He was acknowledged for his sporting credentials in 2006, when he was among the 10 shortlisted finalists for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year.[citation needed]

In 2007, Reid became Britain’s youngest men's Singles National Champion and he was also part of Great Britain’s winning junior team at the 2007 World Team Cup. He feels his greatest achievement was representing ParalympicsGB at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games when he was 16 years old.[citation needed]

When he was younger, Reid combined his training commitments with his studies and in 2009 he passed Highers in Maths, English and Biology after attending Hermitage Academy. He is a lifelong supporter of Rangers F.C. and regularly attends their home matches.[4]

Tennis careerEdit

 
Gordon Reid at the 2017 NEC wheelchair tennis Masters
 
Gordon Reid at the 2017 US Open

Reid won his first wheelchair tennis title in April 2005, six weeks after coming out of hospital, when he won the B Division Singles at the Glasgow Wheelchair Tennis Tournament. He became Britain’s youngest National champion at the age of 15 in 2007 and the youngest British men’s No 1 shortly before his 18th birthday at the end of September 2008.[1]

At the 2006 British Open he won both the Men’s Second Draw Singles and Boys’ Junior Singles and ended the year among the 10 shortlisted finalists for the 2006 BBC Young Sports Person of the Year.[1]

In 2007 he won the boys’ doubles at the Junior Masters in Tarbes, France and shortly afterwards won the men’s singles at the 2007 North West Challenge in Preston to collect his first senior international NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour singles title. He was undefeated as a member of the winning GB Junior team in the Junior event at the 2007 Invacare World Team Cup (Davis and Fed Cups of wheelchair tennis) In 2008 and 2009 he won both the boys’ singles and boys’ doubles at the Junior Masters in Tarbes, France and in January 2009 became world No 1 junior in the boys’ singles rankings, a position he maintained throughout his final season as a junior. He helped Great Britain to win men’s World Group 2 at the 2008 Invacare World Team Cup, to finish fifth in World Group 1 in 2009 and to finish fourth in Turkey in 2010, which was Britain’s best Invacare World Team Cup result in the men’s event since 2002.[1]

Reid was named Tennis Scotland Junior Male Player of the Year in 2009 and Tennis Scotland Disabled Player of the Year in 2010. As a doubles player, he qualified for the year-end Doubles Masters for the first time in 2009, where he and his Hungarian partner Laszlo Farkas finished fifth of the eight partnerships. Reid also played in the men’s wheelchair doubles at Wimbledon in 2008.

Reid ended 2010 having beaten three world top ranked players on his way to winning three NEC Tour singles titles during the season, as well as winning four doubles titles during the year. He beat Austrian world No 9 Martin Legner to win his last tournament of the season in December, the Prague Cup Czech Indoor.

In January 2016 Reid won his first ever grand slam singles wheelchair title at the Australian Open.[5] In July 2016, Reid followed up with his second grand slam victory in the inaugural singles wheelchair championships at Wimbledon. At the 2016 Summer Paralympics Reid won the Gold medal for the Men's Wheel chair Singles tennis, beating fellow Briton Alfie Hewitt in straight sets, 6–2, 6–1.

Reid was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to wheelchair tennis.[6]

Grand Slam performance timelinesEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

SinglesEdit

Tournament 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A QF QF W QF QF QF /
French Open SF SF QF F QF QF F /
Wimbledon NH NH NH W QF QF /
US Open SF QF QF SF QF /
Win–Loss - /

DoublesEdit

Tournament 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A F F F W F SF /
French Open F SF W W F SF SF /
Wimbledon 4th 3rd F W W W /
US Open SF F W W W /
Win–Loss - /

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Tennis Foundation - Tennis in Britain". Archived from the original on 9 September 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  2. ^ Donald, Carla (20 September 2016). "Gordon Reid makes history with gold medal victory at 2016 Paralympics".
  3. ^ "London 2012 Paralympics - Ceremonies, Medals, Torch Relay". www.london2012.com. Archived from the original on 16 November 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ "Gers Fan Reid Makes History". www.rangers.co.uk. www.rangers.co.uk. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Australian Open 2016: Gordon Reid wins wheelchair singles title". 30 January 2016 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  6. ^ "Team GB stars dominate New Year's Honours List". Team GB. 30 December 2016.

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
  Shingo Kunieda
ITF Wheelchair Tennis World Champion
2016
Succeeded by
Incumbent