HELENSBURGH'S Gordon Reid has spoken of his disappointment after missing out on a first Australian Open doubles title with his partner Alfie Hewett.

The Burgh tennis ace and Hewett went into their fifth Grand Slam wheelchair tennis doubles final together, and their fourth against Houdet and Peifer, leading the French duo 3-1 in Grand Slam head-to-heads.

However, after leading the opening set at 2-1 Hewett and Reid slipped 5-3 behind and their opponents took the set.

Ultimately the reigning Wimbledon and US Open champions were unable to produce their best tennis on the day as Houdet and Peifer took the title.

Reid said: “It was a difficult match but it’s always difficult against them. When we’re not near our 100 per cent, we make it even more difficult for ourselves.

“It was a frustrating match especially after some of the tennis we showed [in the semi-final the previous day], but we’ve got to do it in the more important matches, so we’re a little bit disappointed.”

Reid had been looking to secure back-to-back Australian Open doubles titles after completing a career Grand Slam of doubles crowns last year in Melbourne.

His doubles partner Hewett added: “We were doing some of the right things, we were just not executing all of the points like we would want to.

“Like Gordon said, we weren’t as good as yesterday. The rain maybe played a little bit of an effect at the end, but at 5-2 down it’s always difficult.

“But we still believed. I still believed that we could come back, as we always fight to the end, and that’s what I think we did today, but it just wasn’t to be.”