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Wheelchair athlete Dylan Alcott has won his sixth straight Australian Open tennis title

Darren Walton, February 2, 2020 3:35PM AP

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Dylan Alcott of Australia with his men’s quad wheelchair singles trophy. Picture: AAP media_cameraDylan Alcott of Australia with his men’s quad wheelchair singles trophy. Picture: AAP

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The Australian star claimed his 10th grand slam — his sixth on home soil — with a 6-0 6-4 win in the wheelchair quad final over British rival Andy Lapthorne yesterday, just over four months since Lapthorne defeated the Melburnian at the US Open.

2020 Australian Open Men's Quad Wheelchair Singles Champion Media Opportunity media_cameraAustralian Open Men’s Quad Wheelchair Singles Final winner Dylan Alcott with his trophy. Picture: Getty Images

“It feels awesome,” Alcott said.

“I really stuffed up the US Open. I was pretty devastated, like gutted, hated myself, hated tennis a bit.

“I really worked hard on myself since then. New mindset* coach, new strength trainer, just really working on everything, obviously being a Paralympic* year and things.

“The first set, best tennis I ever played.”

media_cameraDylan Alcott in action at Melbourne Park. Picture: AAP

And the win wasn’t just for him, with $40,000 raised by Alcott and sponsors for every ace he served to be donated to assist those with disabilities who have been affected by the bushfires.

“Obviously all Australians losing their houses and things like that, if you magnify that and times that by having a disability where you then have to retrofit* your house again and all that, it’s pretty gnarly*,” he said.

media_cameraSerbia’s Novak Djokovic kisses the Norman Brooks Challenge Cup trophy. Picture: AFP

MEN’S SINGLES FINAL: Novak Djokovic has overcome illness, a mid-match meltdown* and inspired play from Dominic Thiem to win his eighth Australian Open crown.

In an epic* battle, Djokovic came from two sets to one down to beat his Austrian opponent with a 6-4 4-6 2-6 6-3 6-4 victory on Sunday night.

Djokovic claims eighth Australian Open crown

“Definitely my favourite court, my favourite stadium in the world, and I’m blessed to hold this trophy once again,” Djokovic said.

Djokovic is the first man in the 52-year Open era to win grand slam* titles in three different decades, and just the second in history after Ken Rosewall won majors in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

media_cameraSofia Kenin of the US kisses the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup after winning against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza. Picture: AFP

WOMEN’S SINGLES FINAL: Young American Sofia Kenin has won her first grand slam title in a drama-charged Australian Open final over Spain’s Garbine Muguruza.

Kenin, 21, fought back from a set down to win 4-6 6-2 6-2 on Saturday night making her the youngest player to win the Open since fellow Russian-born American Maria Sharapova in 2008.

media_cameraRajeev Ram of the US (left) shakes hands with Australia’s Luke Saville as Britain’s Joe Salisbury (2nd right) and Australia’s Max Purcell look on after their men’s doubles final. Picture: AFP

MEN’S DOUBLES FINAL: Australians Max Purcell and Luke Saville have finished runners-up in the Australian Open men’s doubles final.

The wildcard* pairing lost 6-4 6-2 loss to the American-British duo of Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury in Sunday’s final on Rod Laver Arena.

But the result gives Purcell and Saville a rankings boost that will see them gain automatic entry to this year’s other grand slam tournaments, as well as a runners-up cheque for $380,000.

GLOSSARY

  • mindset: a set of attitudes held by someone.
  • Paralympic: relating to the Paralympic Games
  • retrofit: add or change something after it was made to suit a new purpose
  • gnarly: difficult or challenging
  • meltdown: a disastrous collapse or breakdown
  • epic: heroic or big
  • grand slam: one of the world’s four major tennis tournaments
  • wildcard: an entrant who has not had to play qualifying matches

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QUICK QUIZ

  1. How many Australian Open titles in a row has Alcott won?
  2. What was the final score in his match?
  3. Which 21-year-old won the women’s title?
  4. Which three sets did Novak Djokovic win?
  5. Name the Aussies who were runners-up in the doubles final.

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If you have been following the Australian Open tennis, you have probably seen many press conferences with players after games. Imagine you are a journalist and make a list of five open questions (not yes/no answers) that you would have liked to ask Dylan Alcott after his win.

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Work with a partner to brainstorm all of the qualities you think would be needed to become successful as a disabled athlete, like Dylan Alcott has done.

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