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Britain’s Alfie Hewett cleared to continue in wheelchair tennis

Wheelchair tennis player Alfie Hewett, who completed the calendar slam in doubles that year, said he was eligible to continue his career following a change in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) classification rules.

Britain’s 18-time Grand Slam Champion Hewett has Perthes disease, which affects hip movement. Following initial changes to ITF regulations in 2019, the disease was classified as not severe enough to require the use of a wheelchair.

The ITF ruling meant Hewett would not participate in wheelchair events beyond the Tokyo Paralympic Games, which were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while his appeal also delayed implementation.

However, UK media reported that the ITF has since changed its criteria to only exclude those who can stand up.

The 23-year-old received the news last weekend in Amsterdam, where he had traveled for further placement tests.

“I hardly slept the night before, so I was pretty drained and then tears flowed,” Hewett told British media on Monday. “Mentally and emotionally it was a very stressful experience, but obviously the best.

“You have probably all felt it at some point in your life when something so heavy is taken away that you actually feel it lift off your shoulders, and I have. I just felt so much relief. “

Hewett, who defended his French Open individual title this year, can now compete at the Australian Open in January, where he reached the individual finals in 2021.


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