04/03/2024

Dylan Alcott is the Quad Wheelchair Singles Paralympic Champion for the second time in his career. Photo: Australian Open - Twitter

Dylan Alcott has won his second Paralympic Gold Medal in the Quad Wheelchair Tennis Singles, defending his 2016 title defeating Sam Schroder in straight sets.

Dylan Alcott is once again a Paralympic gold medallist after defeating the Netherlands’ Sam Schroder in straight sets (7-6, 6-1) in the Quad Wheelchair Singles Gold Medal Match.

Entering the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics Alcott was already a four-time Paralympic medalist, winning gold in the Wheelchair Basketball at Beijing in 2008 and silver at London 2012, before making the switch to Quad Wheelchair Tennis in 2014 and winning gold in both the Singles and the Doubles competitions at Rio 2016.

Originally scheduled for Thursday September 2, the Gold Medal Match was delayed due to the weather postponing matches in other disciplines earlier in the tournament.

This gave both men two additional days to recover from their Wednesday night Doubles final, which saw Schroder and Niels Vink emerge as the gold medallists after they defeated Alcott and Heath Davidson in straight sets.

Alcott got out to an early lead in the first set winning the first two games with ease but the 21-year-old Dutchman didn’t let him stay on top for long winning the next two and really making Alcott fight for the fifth.

It was an evenly matched set with both players getting out to a lead before the other would get the break back to even up the set.

A tie-break was on the cards and it was the prime opportunity for Alcott to finish off the set after several tight battles in the set.

Winning the first four points the Australian had a comfortable lead over Schroder and only conceded two points for the tie-break to claim the first set.

Alcott started the second set much like the first breaking Schroder’s serve early. However, this time he didn’t give the Dutchman the same opening as he did in the first set.

Only losing one game for the set, it was the fifth game that let everyone know Alcott was taking home the gold medal. Neither player was willing to give an inch with the game going to deuce seven times before Alcott was able to put together two points in a row.

He didn’t look back from there winning his next service game 40-0 before breaking Schroder’s serve for a fourth time in the set to claim the Gold medal.

Dylan Alcott [1]7[7]6
Sam Schroder [2]6[2]1

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It wasn’t just a gold medal on the line for Alcott who is just one tournament away from the infamous Golden Slam. Should he win the US Open next week he will be the first male tennis player in any discipline to win all four Grand Slam titles and Olympic/Paralympic gold in a calendar year.

Speaking to the media an emotional Alcott confirmed that this would be his final Paralympics and credited Paralympic sport for saving his life, sharing a message that he hoped this would change perceptions about persons with disabilities beyond just sport.

Alcott leaves Tokyo with gold and silver medal to his name, winning Doubles silver alongside longtime teammate and friend Heath Davidson in a straight-sets loss to Schroder and Niels Vink.

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