World Team Cup: Great Britain beat France to claim gold

Great Britain's Alfie Hewett, Dermot Bailey and Gordon Reid
Great Britain took an unassailable 2-0 lead to seal the gold

Great Britain celebrated gold at the World Team Cup in Israel with a 2-0 victory against France.

Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett avenged defeat by Nicolas Peifer and Stephane Houdet in the Rio Paralympics doubles.

Reid won the first set 6-1 against Peifer adding a second set tie-break 7-3, while Hewett saw off Houdet 6-0 7-5.

It equals GB's best performance at the tournament, replicating the feat of 2012, after the junior team won silver and the women's team took bronze.

The men's team last won the World Team Cup title in 2015.

"The last couple of years have been tough for us," said US Open champion Hewett.

"We have a great team and we have the potential to win it every single time, but we haven't pulled through those finals in the last two years.

"We didn't lose a singles match the whole week and that just shows how high our level has been. That first set for me today was probably the best set of tennis I've ever played.

"But it's not just one performance that wins the title and it was a top performance from Gordon today and Dermot [Bailey]'s played some really good matches too."

It could have been four medals but for a 2-1 defeat for the quad team of Andy Lapthorne, Antony Cotterill and James Shaw against South Africa on Friday.

The World Team Cup is the wheelchair tennis equivalent of the Fed Cup and Davis Cup competitions, with teams from 23 nations taking part in the finals in Ramat Hasharon, Israel.

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