Yesterday, fourth seeded Australian Dylan Alcott won the quad single’s event at the British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships. He beat third seed British player Andy Lapthorne 7 – 5 and 6 – 1 on his way to victory in the finals.
Following the match, Lapthorne is quoted by organizers as saying, “After the highs of beating the world No.1 David Wagner yesterday I really wanted to win my home Super Series title today, but Dylan played well and I was just beaten by the better player on the day.”
Alcott beat world number two South African Lucas Sithole 6 – 3 and 6 – 0 in the semifinals to qualify for the finals. He beat United States player and seventh seed Greg Hasterok 6 – 4 and 6 – 4 in the quarterfinals. His first match of the tournament was against unranked British player Ian Payne, whom he defeated 6 – 2 and 6 – 0.
Alcott is a two time Paralympic medalist in wheelchair basketball, having won a gold medal in Beijing and a silver in London. From Melbourne, he made the switch to wheelchair tennis following the games and quickly became one of the top ranked quad wheelchair players in the world.