Australian Open 2019: Alfie Hewett, Lucy Shuker, Gordon Reid & Andy Lapthorne lose

Alfie Hewitt
Alfie Hewett won the French Open title in 2017 and followed that up with the US Open crown the following year
Australian Open 2019
Venue: Melbourne Park Dates: 14-27 January
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US Open champion Alfie Hewett was one of four Britons to suffer defeat as the wheelchair tennis competitions got under way at the Australian Open.

Hewett, 21, lost 6-1 6-4 to Japanese world number one Shingo Kunieda, while Scot Gordon Reid was beaten 7-6 (10-8) 5-7 6-2 by Frenchman Stephane Houdet.

Lucy Shuker, a 2017 semi-finalist, was overwhelmed 6-0 6-0 by Dutch top seed Diede de Groot in the women's singles.

Andy Lapthorne lost 6-1 4-6 6-4 to David Wagner in the men's quad event.

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