01/03/2024

Heath Davidson and Dylan Alcott are just one away from their first US Open Doubles title together. Photo: US Open

Aussies Dylan Alcott and Heath Davidson will face the Netherlands' Sam Schroder and Niels Vink in the Quad Wheelchair Doubles Final early on Sunday morning at the US Open.

After the Paralympics ended and an expanded Quad Wheelchair Singles draw was confirmed it felt inevitable that tennis fans would get to see another Doubles match up between the Australians Dylan Alcott and Heath Davidson, and the Dutch pair of Sam Schroder and Niels Vink.

The expansion of the draw allowed for both Davidson and Vink who sit outside of the top four to play at the US Open, which in turn expanded the Doubles draw to include semi-finals rather than the automatic final berth at Wimbledon and the French Open.

It was a short jump to the US Open Final for both teams with just a semi-final to play to get through.

Alcott and Davidson were back together for the second time this year at a major after storming through the Australian Open in February earlier this year to claim their fourth consecutive title at the event together.

To reach the final they had to get through the new pairing of Bryan Barten and Koji Sugeno.

It didn’t take long at all with the Australians ripping through the team in the first set in just 17 minutes losing a total of five points for the set.

The second set wasn’t quite so easy with the Australians almost getting broken in the first game, however, they were quick to turn it back around and broke Barten and Sugeno in the next game.

Overall it was a more even set, with Barten and Sugeno putting together rallies and managing to break the Australians serve three times.

But it wasn’t going to go to a third set however with the Australians managing to finish the match with their seventh break of serve.

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Vink and Schroder had a less than friendly matchup in their semi-final coming up against the French Open and Wimbledon Doubles Champions, Andy Lapthorne and David Wagner.

It was a tale of two sets, with the first set being a tight battle between both sides with both struggling to hold on to serve. Schroder and Vink only managed to gain the upper hand in the final three games of the set.

The second set, however, was a demolition with the dutch pairing winning 6-0 in 22 minutes. It wasn’t quite as clean as Alcott and Davidson’s first set but it sent them through to their first final as a team at a major outside of the Paralympics.

The US Open final is the third matchup for 2021 between these two teams with the scoreline sitting at one-all after the Australian’s won in the semi-final at the Australian Open and the Dutch team won gold at the Paralympics earlier this month.

Both Alcott and Vink are still in the singles event with both playing their respective semi-finals prior to the doubles final today. Alcott is facing Koji Sugeno, while Vink takes on Andy Lapthorne for a spot in his first-ever Grand Slam Final.

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