‘Floods of tears’: Wheelchair tennis star Alfie Hewett cleared to keep playing

Rules change saves British player from forced retirement at 23Hewett visited Amsterdam last week for new classification tests

Alfie Hewett has spoken of the intense relief and his “floods of tears” after he was cleared to continue his career in wheelchair tennis after a change in classification rules.

The 18-time grand slam champion had been expected to retire from his sport at the age of just 23 after the International Tennis Federation ruled that Perthes disease, a condition which affects Hewett that limits hip movement, was not sufficiently debilitating to necessitate the use of a wheelchair.

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