Commerce student Dylan Alcott wins British Open

July 14 / 140

CAPTION: Dylan Alcott beat number three seed Andy Lapthorne to take the title. Photo: James Jordan, Tennis Foundation
CAPTION: Dylan Alcott beat number three seed Andy Lapthorne to take the title. Photo: James Jordan, Tennis Foundation

Dylan Alcott has triumphed at the British Open, winning the Wheelchair Quad tennis singles title in Nottingham last Saturday. By Rod Warnecke.

Mr Alcott defeated local favourite, Great Britain's number three seed Andy Lapthorne in the final, 7-5 6-1.

Seeded number four for the tournament, Mr Alcott continued his good form from June’s French Open where he finished runner-up to the world number one, American David Wagner. 

With a seeded bye in Round 1, Mr Alcott beat Brit Ian Payne 6-3 6-1 in Round 2. 

He then defeated Greg Hastorek of the USA 6-0 6-0 in the quarter-final before dispatching South Africa's Lucas Sithole 6-2 6-0 in the semi-final.

Mr Alcott was no doubt inspired by his former team-mates in the Australian Rollers who won the gold medal in the World Wheelchair Basketball Championships in Korea last week. 

He won silver with the Rollers at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and gold with the team at the Athens 2008 Games. 

Mr Alcott has transitioned seamlessly from basketball to tennis, and now ranks amongst the world's best quadriplegic tennis players. 

He now has his sights set on the season-ending NEC World Tennis Masters in late November.

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