Alcott wins record-extending sixth straight Australian Open

Ross Houston
February 4, 2020

Alcott took out the title after beating the U.K's Andrew Lapthorne in the finals of the men's quad wheelchair event, winning with straight sets, 6-0 6-4 at Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena. Alcott is an Australian wheelchair basketballer, wheelchair tennis player, radio host and motivational speaker.

Lapthorne tried to make a comeback in the match in the second set on Rod Laver Arena but as it turned out he was only delaying the inevitable.

Alcott heaped praise on Australian Open organisers for being "the most inclusive of the grand slams".

"Every single person on the top row has a disability and a seat for the disabled", he said, pointing out that the seats were full.

US Open champion Lapthorne, 29, said: "If there's one disabled person at home that's watching this and wondering whether to go for their dreams, we are proof down here that you should". I was sitting on this court the other night watching Nick Kyrgios and now I'm playing on it.

"To be able to back us to come out here and put on a show live on TV all around the world and in front of this unbelievable crowd, I love every single one of you for supporting what we do".

"So if there's anyone out there, just go for it".

Dylan Alcott celebrates his Australian Open triumph with Novak Djokovic.

In 2014, he returned to wheelchair tennis with the aiming of participating at the 2016 Rio Paralympics, where he won gold medals in the Men's Quad Singles and Doubles. Alcott reached his 10th grand slam singles crown.

"The Australian Open single-handedly changed my life".

Alcott used the moment to announce that he had been donating $100 per ace he served at the Open to bushfire victims, but that his team had come on board, bumping it up to $800 per ace.

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