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Kunieda finally gets wheelchair singles title at Wimbledon

The Wimbledon title kept eluding Shingo Kunieda, so he turned to Roger Federer for advice on how to play on grass. That did the trick, reports.

Kunieda won his first Wimbledon title in wheelchair singles on Sunday and his 28th Grand Slam singles title overall. It was his fourth straight major singles title and finally allowed him to complete a career Grand Slam.

The 38-year-old Japanese player defeated Alfie Hewett of Britain 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (10-5) on No. 3 Court, a day after he and partner Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina won the doubles title.

Kunieda had only reached one Wimbledon singles final in four previous appearances, finishing as runner-up in 2019.

He is the first men’s wheelchair player to complete a career Grand Slam, and now holds all four major titles at the same time after winning this year’s Australian Open and French Open, as well as last year’s U.S. Open.

Hewett was looking for his sixth Grand Slam title and first at Wimbledon. He also lost in the final to Kunieda at last year’s U.S. Open and this year’s Australian Open.

Overall, Kunieda has won 11 singles titles at the Australian Open, eight at the French Open and eight at the U.S. Open.

He also has 22 Grand Slam doubles titles, including winning his fourth at Wimbledon on Saturday.


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