Alex Jewitt

Alex Jewitt

Alex broke his back in an industrial accident in late November 1997 and has since participated on ski, water-ski and multi-activity courses with Back Up.

After discovering wheelchair tennis at the end of the 1990s and going on to show promise as a player, Alex took three years out to complete university studies. He took up the sport seriously again in 2004 and since then has become one of Britain’s leading men’s players.

He is a former British No 2 and reached a career best men’s singles world ranking of No 26 in August 2007 after reaching the quarter-finals of the 2007 Swiss Open. Alex made his Paralympic Games debut for Great Britain at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, where he drew world No. 1 and Beijing Paralympic Champion Shingo Kunieda of Japan in the first round of the men’s singles.

He won his first men’s main draw singles title on the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour in Turkey in May 2009 and after eight months off with a shoulder injury Alex returned to competition in Switzerland in May 2010, just a week before going on to win the 2010 National Championships.

Alex started 2011 by winning the men's doubles at Britain's first world ranking tournament of the season, the North West Challenge in Preston in February, where he was also a men's singles semi-finalist.

At the end of March 2011 he was also runner-up in the men's singles at the North East Tournament in Sunderland and in December won the singles and doubles at the Johannesburg Open, as a result becoming the first wheelchair tennis player to be awarded the Aegon player of the month, by the LTA.

In 2012 Alex has finished as runner-up in the men’s doubles at the Adelaide Open, Australia and runner-up at the Open Internacionale Ciudad A Coruna in Spain.

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