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US Open: Britain

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US Open: Britain

Hewett made his US Open debut final yr, successful the doubles with Gordon Reid

British wheelchair participant Alfie Hewett slept on an airport flooring as he endured a “horrible expertise” travelling to the US Open.

The 20-year-old, who gained the boys’s doubles title with Gordon Reid final yr, started his journey on Monday from St Louis however arrived in New York on Tuesday night.

“I haven’t got accidents however I will really feel very stiff sitting in a chair for 26 hours after which the ground,” he stated.

“It has tousled my decrease physique.”

The Norwich participant beat world primary Shingo Kunieda within the closing of the US Open warm-up occasion in St Louis, Missouri, earlier than heading to the airport.

His journey issues began when he landed in Chicago to search out his American Airways connecting flight first delayed by issues in New York after which a thunderstorm, earlier than being cancelled.

A second United Airways flight on Monday night time was additionally cancelled, and he was pressured to stay at O’Hare Worldwide Airport whereas he waited for his baggage, together with his racquets and tennis chair, earlier than being placed on a flight to New York early on Tuesday morning.

“They would not put me up in lodging,” added Hewett. “I requested if there was an airport resort, they stated no, there was one half an hour away. It was about midnight and I realised I needed to be on the airport in 4 and a half hours anyway.

“I requested the place my baggage had been, they did not know. They regarded, they had been nonetheless within the airport however they had been going to JFK [New York]. I wasn’t going to JFK any extra they usually would not re-route them. The one choice I had was to remain within the airport for one more two hours to gather them – it was my racquets, chairs, the whole lot.

“So I slept on the ground for about 45 minutes, went to get my baggage, then by the point I would carried out that and bought to the opposite terminal, it was virtually time to verify in once more.

“It was a horrible expertise. When one thing like that occurs you do not really feel like they appear after you. I defined my scenario however there have been numerous different individuals who wanted to be elsewhere for enterprise conferences and household causes, so I used to be simply one other one.”

Hewett and compatriot Reid start the defence of their doubles title within the semi-final towards Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina and Japan’s Kunieda.

Lucy Shuker takes on South Africa’s Kgothatso Montjane within the ladies’s singles whereas Andy Lapthorne might be in motion within the quad division.

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