|Alfie Hewett Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 6 in|
|Date of Birth||December 6, 1997|
Alfie Hewett is a British wheelchair tennis player who is widely regarded as one of the best wheelchair tennis players of his era. He has excelled in both the singles and the doubles formats of the sport, having become world number 1 in singles in January 2018 for the first time (world number 2 as of July 2022) and world number 1 in doubles in February 2020 for the first time (world number 1 as of July 2022), as per the official ITF (International Tennis Federation) rankings. At Grand Slam tournaments, in the singles format, as of July 2022, he had won 5 titles – the French Open thrice (2017, 2020, 2021) and the US Open twice (2018, 2019). As of July 2022, he had also reached the singles final of the Australian Open twice (2021, 2022) and the Wimbledon Championships once (2022). At Grand Slam tournaments, in the doubles format, as of July 2022, he had won 15 titles – the Australian Open thrice (2020, 2021, 2022), the French Open thrice (2020, 2021, 2022), the Wimbledon Championships 4 times (2016, 2017, 2018, 2021), and the US Open 5 times (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021). All 15 of these doubles titles came in partnership with fellow British wheelchair tennis player Gordon Reid. Alfie and Gordon achieved the ‘Calendar Slam’ (the feat of winning the Australian Open, the French Open, the Wimbledon Championships, and the US Open in one discipline in the same calendar year) together in 2021, becoming the first to do so in wheelchair men’s doubles since 2014.
Norwich, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
Cantley, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
Alfie had attended the Acle High School (now known as the Acle Academy), a secondary school in Acle, Norfolk. After his high school graduation, he joined City College Norwich, a college of further and higher education in Norfolk. He had studied sport and exercise science there.
Wheelchair Tennis player
- Siblings – Ellie Hewett (Twin Sister), Barny Hewett (Younger Brother)
- Others – He has 2 younger half-brothers through his mother’s second marriage.
He has been represented by The Sports Sphere Ltd., Athlete Management & Sports Marketing/PR Firm, London, England, United Kingdom.
5 ft 6 in or 167.5 cm
65 kg or 143.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Alfie has dated –
- Harrie Cundy (2020-2021)
- Lily Cunningham (2022-Present)
Race / Ethnicity
He is of British descent.
- Toned physique
- Short-cropped, wavy hair
- Affable smile
- Sports a rugged beard
Alfie has been sponsored by –
- Boost Drinks (UK-based energy drinks brand)
- Ellesse UK (a British subsidiary of Ellesse, an Italian sports apparel company)
- Vodafone UK (British telecommunications services provider)
- Papa John’s (American pizza restaurant chain)
- Wilson Sporting Goods (American sports equipment manufacturer)
- Adidas AG (German multinational corporation that designs and manufactures shoes, clothing, and accessories)
Alfie Hewett Facts
- Alfie was born with a congenital heart defect and had to undergo surgery when he was just 6 months old.
- He also suffered from Legg–Calvé–Perthes disease, a childhood hip disorder initiated by a disruption of blood flow from the pelvis to the hip joint, that causes the affected bone(s) to stop growing.
- The disorder severely limited his ability to walk and he was forced to start using a wheelchair when he was about 6 years old. Although unable to perform in able-bodied sports, his ability to walk was not completely diminished. The student body of his high school had witnessed him using crutches and even, reportedly, running while carrying his crutches.
- At both the 2017 and the 2021 editions of the Wheelchair Tennis Masters, a year-end tennis event for wheelchair athletes, he won both the singles and the doubles titles.
- At the 2016 Rio Summer Paralympics, he won the ‘Silver’ medal in both the singles and doubles competitions.
- At the 2020 Tokyo Summer Paralympics (held in August and September 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic), he won the ‘Silver’ medal in the doubles competition.
- After the 2020 Tokyo Summer Paralympics, Alfie stated in an interview that he was worried about his future in wheelchair tennis as a review was being conducted to determine whether his disability was severe enough to qualify him to play in a wheelchair under the 2019 revision of the rules of the ITF (International Tennis Federation). In November 2021, it was communicated by the ITF that he would be allowed to continue his tennis career after an alteration had been made to the new rules.
Featured Image by Alfie Hewett / Instagram