Inspirational Alcott bows out
One of the most gregarious and infectious characters out there has played his final professional match.
2022 Australian of the Year Dylan Alcott pulled down the curtain on a trophy laden career which has seen him win 15 quad wheelchair singles Grand Slams, eight quad doubles majors, Paralympics gold and last season he became the first man to complete the Calendar Golden Slam.
Legend is an overused word – not here.
Sam Schroder claimed his second quad singles Grand Slam with an impressive 7-5, 6-0 showing against the seven-time champion.
“You’ve done a great job inspiring the world,” Schroder told Alcott during the trophy presentation. “I hope to one day to be able to do just one small part of that as well.”
31-year-old Alcott had his final say on Rod Laver Arena.
“I’m really the luckiest guy in the world and I didn’t need to win today to realise that,” added the Australian hero.
“It would have been nice to win, to be honest. But I’m still the luckiest person I’ve ever met. I’m the luckiest guy in this country, if not the world, to live the life that I live.”