Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid made tennis history by winning a ninth consecutive grand slam title at the Australian Open.
The British pair defeated Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez and Shingo Kunieda of Japan 6-2 4-6 (10-7) in the final of the wheelchair men’s doubles at Melbourne Park.
Their success meant they broke the tie they held with Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver, who won eight consecutive women’s doubles titles between Wimbleton in 1983 and the French Open in 1985.
Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid have won the Australia Open men’s wheelchair doubles title
The British duo clinched a third straight Australian Open title and 13th Grand Slam together
Hewett and Reid have not been beaten in doubles at a slam since Wimbleton in 2019, winning back-to-back calendar Grand Slams.
Wednesday’s final was briefly halted by a rain delay but the British pair refused to lose focus where they triumped on a tie-break Down Under.
The British top seeds beat Dutchman Tom Egberink and Australian Ben Weekes 7-5 6-2 to book their spot in the final on Monday, setting up a brilliant finale at Melbourne Park.
Their win in Melbourne is also their eighth successive Slam title together.
Hewett has the chance to make it a double trophy celebration on Thursday when he takes on Kunieda in the singles final.
Reid (left) and Hewett (right) celebrate after beating Gustavo Fernandez and Shingo Kunieda