GORDON REID will get a shot at a fourth US Open doubles title in a row in September, it was confirmed this week.

The Helensburgh wheelchair tennis ace joined other players in calling for the tournament's organisers to rethink an original plan, announced last week, to axe the wheelchair tournament from this year's event.

And on Wednesday the organisers confirmed that the first Grand Slam tournament since the pandemic gripped the world will take place after all, at the US Open's traditional home, the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York, from September 10-13.

Reid, 28, announced on social media last week that he’d learned via Twitter of plans for a ‘slimmed down’ tournament at Flushing Meadows in New York due to the coronavirus pandemic – which didn’t include a wheelchair event.

The former Hermitage Academy pupil said he was “massively disappointed to find out the news”, and added: “The wheelchair players have had ZERO communication or consultation from either the ITF or the Grand Slam around this decision.”

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But an angry reaction from players and fans prompted a pledge from the tournament organisers just 24 hours later that they would reconsider their plans.

The former Hermitage Academy pupil, who partnered fellow Brit Alfie Hewett to victory in the Australian Open doubles in Melbourne in January before the coronavirus pandemic put virtually all organised professional sport on hold around the world, said he and other players had held “positive discussions” with the US Open's organisers and added: “They’re looking to make it right with the help of the players.”

Confirming the U-turn, the tourmanent organisers said in a statement on Wednesday: "The decision was made following multiple virtual meetings with a group of wheelchair athletes and the International Tennis Federation over the last week.

"The 2020 US Open wheelchair competition will feature men's and women's singles and doubles and quad singles and doubles, with draw sizes similar to past US Opens.

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"Wheelchair athletes will follow the same health and safety procedures as all players participating in the US Open, and will be able to access the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center beginning on September 7."

The USTA had previously admitted that it "should have communicated directly, and worked in a collaborative manner, with wheelchair athletes when developing the plan for the 2020 US Open, as it had done with both the ATP and the WTA".

Reid Hewett, currently number one in the men's wheelchair doubles world rankings, won their first US Open doubles title in 2017, defeating France's Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer in the final.

They repeated the feat in 2018, beating the same opponents in the final, and made it three in a row in 2019, this time defeating Gustavo Fernandez and Shingo Kunieda.

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