It seems like the dream of Dylan Alcott of having a golden slam is still alive as the Australian won the Paralympics quad singles final against the Dutchman Sam Schroder, the world number 1 naming Alcott edged Schroder on Saturday as he successfully defended his Paralympics wheelchair title in Rio.
Wheelchair Tennis Paralympics
The 30 years is going to be departing from Tokyo for the US Open where he is going to make it a perfect five after winning the Australian Open, Wimbledon crowns, and French open in the year 2021. The win in the singles was an act of sweet revenge for Alcott after Health Davidson and he surrendered their Paralympics double crown to Neils Vink and Schroder.
Alcott seems to have started off with a bang as he broke the world number 2 Schroder with a lead of 2-0 but then he went on to win only one of the next six games, Alcott was able to break back and he went on to consolidate before he steamed through the tie break as he went on to click the set.
With all of the momentum he had at the time, the second set was a one-sided affair with Alcott sweeping in through 40 minutes, he was speaking with channel seven after the match as he stated this win is pretty personal to him and is a career milestone for him. He further stated he is not going to be coming back to the Paralympics ever again.
He stated it was life-changing for him to enter the Paralympics at such a small age, he entered the competition when he was just 17 years old. He won gold at the time with Rollers and it was life-changing for him and he further stated Paralympics, in general, has saved his life, he further stated it was the best thing that has ever happened to him and he owes so much to the sport.
Dylan Alcott and Curtis McGrath Win GOLD at Paralympic
He stated one of his biggest goals has been to change the perspective of the people which society has created for people who are having disabilities in their life, he stated not every person can be a Paralympian, but they can be a doctor, a mum, a lawyer, a teacher, a dad, a politician, an educator but they are never going to get the opportunities which they are getting in the sport.
It seems like being an athlete is something which is very difficult and when you are in the Paralympics it gets more difficult for a person to become an athlete as it gets more technical as you will have to adapt your body in a way that it works for the particular sport.