Shingo Kunieda won the US Open men’s wheelchair singles title, outliving Alfie Hewett 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (3).
The No. 1 seed from Japan won the last three purposes of the sudden death round to pull out the match that kept going 2 hours, 54 minutes.victory in Louis Armstrong Stadium to also capture his first singles title in New York since 2015.
The wheelchair competitions were played after the U.S. Tennis Association initially intended to scrap them this year with an end goal to keep the quantity of individuals on location down in the midst of the Covid pandemic.
“He’s a very good player,” Kunieda said after the match. “It was a very tough match. He had a lot of chances to win this time, but I took control mentally from the beginning to the end. This was the key to the match I think.”