Australian wheelchair tennis king Dylan Alcott made a superior defense of his opponent Wimbledon Quadruple singles crown, coming closer to any potential calendar year’s “Golden Slam” of titles.
The Melbourne star claimed his third Grand Slam victory of the year on Saturday, following his successes at the recent Australian Open and French Open, with a 6-2 6-2 victory over Dutch rival Sam Schroeder.
Now the 30-year-old will go to Tokyo for the Paralympic Games and then hope to complete the “Golden Slam” with five US Open titles.
The 21-year-old Schroeder is the only man to beat Alcott this season and was confident of repeating his latest victory over the Australian at the French Riviera Open last month.
However, the Australian was at his best as he claimed a 14th Grand Slam singles title of his glittering career, breaking left-handed Schroeder three times in the opening set and three times in the second to claim an all-around victory.
Alcott showed more flair and touch than the Dutchman, especially with his falling shots constantly causing Schroeder problems, once again showing why he’s a strong candidate with the Wimbledon crowd with his emotional displays and talented shooting.
Finishing his victory at 67 minutes, Alcott, who was always on show, rolled in his wheelchair at No3 Court to the delight of a crowd that included a small but boisterous Australian squad.