Australian Paralympian Dylan Alcott is using his fourth-straight Australian Open quad wheelchair title as an opportunity to inspire disabled athletes of the future.
The OCS Australia and New Zealand PRM (passengers with reduced mobility) ambassador beat David Wagner of the USA in straight sets, 7-6 6-1 on Rod Laver arena.
Alcott says he was thrilled to see so many children with disabilities courtside watching the match.
"Hopefully for the next generation of athletes with disabilities, it'll be easier for them because of me," he says.
The 27-year old has signed for a fourth year as the OCS PRM ambassador, which sees him advising the company on providing better services for people with reduced mobility.
This has resulted in mobility devices being 'red-tagged' as special luggage and training for those dealing with PRM passengers at airports.
"There's a stigma that is associated with having a disability - that you're a bit broken and a bit less capable. There are a lot of people doing it tough, and I'd really like to change the way people with disabilities are perceived."
"Travelling in a wheelchair, or with any physical disability, is such hard work that it stops a lot of people from even bothering. OCS made the journey a lot easier for me. They've been an unbelievable help, and I couldn't do what I've been doing without them."
OCS managing director Australia & New Zealand Gareth Marriott says Alcott's fourth Australian title in a row is amazing, as is the positive effect he has on those around him.
"What's really special is the proudness Dylan displayed in being a disabled athlete and the future he envisions for disabled children who dream of becoming sport stars," Mr Marriott says
As well as continuing his work with OCS, Alcott has his sights set on Wimbledon, which is holding a quad wheelchair tournament for the first time in 2018.
"Pulling on the 'all whites' is a dream of mine. Saying I can't wait until Wimbledon is the understatement of my life."