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Scottish wheelchair tennis star wins singles tournament

18 March 2019

Gordon Reid claimed the singles title in the ABN AMRO World Wheelchair Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

Adding to his growing collection, the Scottish Paralympian tennis player has more major titles than both the Murray brothers combined, as well as a gold Paralympic medal. Gordon is a true success story, but his life has not been easy.

Gordon excelled at tennis from an early age with a recognised talent. Devastatingly, he was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis at the age of 12 years old. This rare condition affected his spinal cord and meant he was reliant on a wheelchair.

However, Gordon continued to follow his dream and overcame diversity. His career has been incredibly successful, and he won his first tournament six weeks after leaving hospital. By 16, he was already the youngest Singles National Champion and part of GB's winning junior team. 

Gordon turned professional in 2010 and in 2015 won the first two of his nine grand slam titles. He was triumphant in the French Open as well as the US Open Double tournament. Following on from this, Gordon won his first singles grand slam title in 2016 at the Australian Open and then another doubles grand slam at the French Open. He then went on to win the Wimbledon singles wheelchair championships and the doubles title. In 2016, ranked as number one in the world, Gordon won gold in the singles tournaments at the Rio Paralympics and the silver in the doubles. In 2017 he added to his success with two grand slam titles in Wimbledon and the US open in 2017.

Gordon’s journey shows true determination and grit to reach a dream even when life changes track and throws adversity in your way.

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