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Fourth seeded Dylan Alcott wins quad event at British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships

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Dylan Alcott file photo. Image credit: Australian Paralympic Committee.

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.

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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.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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