OCS PRM Ambassador wins third Australian Open Tennis
Dylan Alcott, OCS Australia’s Ambassador for PRM (Passengers with Reduced Mobility), has won his third straight Australian Open quad wheelchair title, winning the final in straight sets.
Dylan battled his British rival, Andy Lapthorne, at Melbourne Park on Saturday in the first wheelchair tennis match to be played on centre court at a major.
‘The standard of our tennis back in the day wasn't high enough but you can't tell me that wasn't high enough,' he said.
'We are changing perceptions of disability together . . . you couldn't play this match on court seven because you're about 4,000 seats short."
It is the latest accomplishment in a glittering stretch for the top-seeded Alcott, who took the 2015 US Open quad wheelchair title and won gold medals in the men's quad singles and doubles at last year's Rio Paralympics.
Alcott became the first wheelchair star to win the Newcombe Medal, the highest accolade in Australian tennis, in November.
He had previously won Paralympic gold with the Australian wheelchair basketball team at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.
This is another great accomplishment for Dylan and a great one to start the year off with!