Dylan Alcott defends Paralympic title to continue Golden Slam tilt


Australia's Dylan Alcott has successfully defended his Rio 2016 wheelchair tennis quad gold medal beating the Netherlands Sam Schroder at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic to keep his hopes of completing a Golden Slam alive

Australia's Dylan Alcott is now a back-to-back Paralympic Games champion after beating the Netherlands Sam Schroder in straight sets 7-6 6-1 at Ariake Tennis Park.

Despite coming away with a silver in the quad doubles just three-days ago, the Rio 2016 gold medallist came into the final at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games as the odds on favourite having won all Grand Slams so far this year.

However for Alcott the challenge of going for a Grand Slam isn't on his mind, especially when he has just become a Para;ympic gold medallist for the fourth time.

“I don't care less. I'm not thinking about it. I got to enjoy this and what it is. The U.S. Open, I’ll think about when I get to New York, but I'm a Paralympic champion for the fourth time, basketball and tennis. It’s incredible stuff," he said. “I've got such a good team, and it’s a team effort. So they're all gonna enjoy this and with my family back home.

“I just love wheelchair tennis, and I love the Paralympics, it saved my life. Playing in here is such a privilege and honour." 

It was a tough opening set between the Dutchman and Australian, who were meeting in their fifth consecutive final - they've faced each other at every Grand Slam since the U.S Open 2020.

While Schroder was able to break Alcott in the eighth game, he wasn't able to retain the advantage as the reigning gold medallist broke back. Heading into a tie-break, Alcott quickly took a 4-0 lead and didn't let up dropping just two points on his way to taking the first set.

That's when the 14-time Grand Slam winner put on a masterclass on Centre Court, dropping just one game on his way to winning gold.

With a gold medal in the bag at Tokyo 2020, the 30-year-old is now on track to complete the Golden Slam - winning all four Grand Slams and Paralympic gold.

No wheelchair tennis player has ever completed the Golden Slam but now two players, including Diede de Groot, who won gold in the women's singles on 3 September, have the chance to do just that.

Both player will fly to the United States for the 2021 U.S Open, which is set to conclude on 12 September.