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Gordon Reid wins first Grand Slam singles title at Australian Open

The Scottish wheelchair tennis player edged out Joachim Gerard 7-6 (9/7) 6-4 in Melbourne.

Triumph: Gordon Reid came out on top in Melbourne.
Triumph: Gordon Reid came out on top in Melbourne. The Tennis Foundation

Gordon Reid won his first ever grand slam singles title after he edged out Belgium's Joachim Gerard in the wheelchair final of the Australian Open.

Reid was playing the first singles final of his career but the 24-year-old showed no signs of nerves as he beat Gerard 7-6 (9/7) 6-4 to be crowned champion in Melbourne.

However, the Scot suffered defeat in his wheelchair doubles final alongside Japan's Shingo Kunieda , losing out to Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.

They are up against French pair Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer. Reid enjoyed the support of a vocal group of friends throughout the contest and he thanked all them individually on the side of the court before making his victory speech.

"I think I'll be buying them drinks all night to say thank you," Reid said. "Congratulations to Jo on getting to his first final, you played great and I'm sure it won't be your last final as well.

"Thanks to everyone who came today to support wheelchair tennis. It's always amazing to be able to showcase our sport and I want to thank everyone."

Reid had earlier knocked out his doubles partner Kunieda, who had won the Australian Open in eight out of the last nine years.

Gerard said: "Congratulations Gordon, you played amazing this week you deserve it.

"I wish I could hold the trophy but next time. We were not far and we can do better next time."

Reid has also struck up a rapport with Andy and Jamie Murray.

Jamie Murray won the men's doubles title with Bruno Soares shortly after Reid had completed his two finals while Andy Murray will attempt to make it a Scottish treble on Sunday when he tackles Novak Djokovic in the men's singles final.

"It's great to have their support," Reid said.

"I saw Andy and Jamie in the locker room just after my match and I got a big congratulations from them."

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