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Dylan Alcott
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2016 Australian Paralympic team portrait of Alcott
Country (sports) Australia
ResidenceHampton East, Victoria
Born (1990-12-04) 4 December 1990 (age 31)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Turned pro2014
PlaysQuad, right-handed
Singles
Career record240–54 (81.6%)
Highest rankingNo. 1 (29 June 2015)
Current rankingNo. 1 (30 August 2021)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenW (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
French OpenW (2019, 2020, 2021)
WimbledonW (2019, 2021)
US OpenW (2015, 2018, 2021)
Other tournaments
MastersW (2018)
Paralympic GamesW (2016, 2020)
Doubles
Career record106–44 (70.7%)
Highest rankingNo. 1 (9 September 2019)
Current rankingNo. 3 (30 August 2021)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
French OpenW (2019)
WimbledonW (2019)
US OpenW (2019, 2020)
Other doubles tournaments
Paralympic GamesW (2016)
Basketball career
Dandenong Rangers
PositionGuard
LeagueNational Wheelchair Basketball League (NWBL)
Career information
Playing career2004–2012
Career highlights and awards
  • NWBL Low Point MVP (2010)
  • 4x Wheelchair Sports Victoria Junior Athlete of the Year (2004–2006 and 2008)
  • Junior National Championships MVP (2010)
  • Dandenong Rangers Most Improved Player (2007)
Last updated on: 4 September 2021.

Dylan Martin Alcott, AO (born 4 December 1990) is an Australian wheelchair tennis player, wheelchair basketball player, radio host and motivational speaker. Alcott was a member of the Australia men's national wheelchair basketball team, known colloquially as the Australian "Rollers". At the age of 17, he became the youngest Rollers gold medal winner at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, and was the youngest to compete in the wheelchair basketball competition. In 2014, he returned to wheelchair tennis with the aim of participating at the 2016 Rio Paralympics, at which he won gold medals in the Men's Quad Singles and Doubles. He was named the 2016 Australian Paralympian of the Year due to his outstanding achievements at Rio.

Alcott is the only man to complete the Golden Slam in quad singles, winning all four majors and the Paralympics in 2021. In addition, he also won a separate non-calendar-year Grand Slam in quad singles between 2018 and 2019. He is also the only man to complete the Grand Slam in quad doubles, winning all four major titles in 2019.

Alongside his sporting career, Alcott hosted the weekend afternoon radio show on Australian radio station Triple J, and the ABC live music show The Set, as well as being a commentator for the 2019 Australian Open. He also was a member of the panel on the AFL Footy Show in 2019 until its cancellation.

In 2022, Alcott was named Australian of the Year and was made an Officer of the Order of Australia.[1]

Early life[edit]

Dylan Alcott was born in Melbourne, Victoria, on 4 December 1990[2] to parents Martin and Resie. He has an older brother named Zack.[3] He was born with a tumour wrapped around his spinal cord which was operated on during the first few weeks of his life.[4] The tumour was successfully cut out; however, it left Alcott a paraplegic, requiring him to use a wheelchair.

Alcott attended Brighton Grammar School from year 6, and he competed for Victoria in swimming, and Australia for wheelchair tennis and wheelchair basketball. Alcott graduated Brighton Grammar school in 2008.[4]

Alcott's first sport of choice was wheelchair tennis, where he represented Australia on numerous occasions, reaching a ranking of 100 in the world by age 16 (4th in the world for under-18s).

Basketball[edit]

Alcott in a game versus Great Britain

Alcott played his first game of wheelchair basketball aged 14.[3] Alcott made his debut for the Australia men's national wheelchair basketball team, the Rollers, at the 2006 Wheelchair Basketball World Championship, where the team won the bronze medal. Alcott continued to hold his spot and was a member of the Rollers when the team travelled to the Beijing Olympic warm-up tournament in January 2008. Alcott made his name in basketball through his performances in the national league competition, competing for the Dandenong Rangers (no affiliation with the female team of the same name) and being selected in the all-star team for 2008. He has achieved success through junior competition as well, being named the Most Valuable Player at the Junior National Basketball Championships.[5]

Alcott was part of the gold medal-winning Rollers team at the 2008 Summer Paralympics,[6][7] for which he received a Medal of the Order of Australia.[8] In his first Paralympics, Alcott was quoted: "To be 17 and win gold... well it just doesn't get any better than that".[9]

In 2009, Alcott accepted a scholarship at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, where he went on to win the College Championship division with the University of Illinois wheelchair basketball team. After one year of study, he decided to move back to Melbourne to train for the 2012 London Paralympic Games.

In 2010, Alcott was a part of the Rollers' success at the 2010 Wheelchair Basketball World Championship in Birmingham, England. It was the first world championship the Australian wheelchair basketball team had ever won, and Alcott was named in the World All Star 5 for the tournament.

At the 2012 Summer Paralympics, Alcott was part of the Australian men's wheelchair team that won silver.[10]

Tennis[edit]

Alcott during the 2014 Swiss Open in Geneva

In 2014, Alcott returned to wheelchair tennis.[11] At the age of 16, he was ranked inside the top five juniors in the world.[11] In July 2014, he defeated world number three Andy Lapthorne 7–5, 6–1 in the British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championship final in Nottingham to win his first Super Series crown.[12] Early in the year, he won the New Zealand Open in just his second tournament appearance.[12] In January 2015, he won the quad wheelchair Australian Open title by defeating David Wagner in straight sets.[13] It was his maiden grand slam title.[13] At the conclusion on 2015, he was ranked number 1 after winning eight titles including two grand slam singles titles.[14]

Alcott teamed up with Heath Davidson to win the Men's Quad Doubles gold medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.[2][15] They defeated the reigning champions David Wagner and Nick Taylor in the gold medal match 4–6, 6–4, 7–5.[2] The day after winning gold in the Men's Doubles, he defeated Andy Lapthorne 6–3, 6–4 to win the gold medal in the Men's Quad Singles.[2]

In 2018, Alcott won his first Wheelchair Tennis Masters title in the Quads singles event.[16]

Golden Slam: 2021[edit]

In 2021, Alcott became the third professional tennis player and only male player to win the calendar-year Golden Slam, winning singles titles in the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, US Open and the singles gold medal at the 2020 Summer Paralympics. He joined fellow professional wheelchair tennis player Diede de Groot in achieving the feat in 2021. They were the first two professional tennis players since Steffi Graf in 1988 to accomplish the feat.

After winning the Paralympics gold medal, Alcott announced he would not be featuring in the 2024 Paris Paralympics, retiring from the competition.[17]In November 2021, Alcott announced his intention to retire from professional tennis entirely following the January 2022 Australian Open.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Alcott has a Commerce degree from the University of Melbourne. He currently works as a motivational speaker and as a radio host on Triple J.[19] In his spare time, Alcott attends music festivals, and he has become known for his "wheelchair crowdsurfing".[20] In 2018, he launched Ability Fest, a universally accessible music festival, featuring pathways for wheelchairs, quiet areas for people with sensory disabilities, and Auslan (Australian Sign Language) interpreters.[21]

Alcott's advice to young people with a disability is: "The biggest thing is that for every one thing you can’t do, there are 10,000 others you can. For every one idiot to give you a hard time, there are 10,000 others worth your time."[3]

In 2017, Alcott established the Dylan Alcott Foundation "with the core purpose of helping young Australians with disabilities gain self-esteem and respect through sport and study".[22] In September 2017, Alcott was appointed Australian Patron for International Day of People with Disability.[23]

Alcott's biography, Able: Gold Medals, Grand Slams and Smashing Glass Ceilings, written with Grantlee Kieza, was published by ABC Books in 2018.[24]

Alcott's partner is sex therapist Chantelle Otten.[25]

Tennis career statistics[edit]

Performance timelines[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# P# DNQ A Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS P NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (P#) preliminary round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic/Paralympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (P) postponed; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Current through 2021 US Open.

Quad singles[edit]

Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 SR W-L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open RR W W W W W W W 7 / 8 27–3
French Open Not held W W W 3 / 3 6–0
Wimbledon Not held W NH W 2 / 2 4–0
US Open A W NH RR W F F W 3 / 6 18–4
Win–Loss 1–2 7–1 4–0 6–1 7–1 11–1 9–1 10–0 15 / 19 55–7
Year-end championship
Wheelchair Tennis Masters F A A A W A NH A 1 / 2 7–1
Paralympic Games
Summer Paralympics Not held G Not held G 2 / 2 8–0

Quad doubles[edit]

Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 SR W-L
Australian Open F F F F W W W W 4 / 8 5–4
French Open Not held W F F 1 / 3 1–2
Wimbledon Not held F[a] W NH F 1 / 3 1–2
US Open A F NH F F W W F 2 / 6 2–4
Win–Loss 0–1 0–2 0–1 0–2 1–2 4–0 2–1 2–2 8 / 19 9–12
Paralympic Games
Summer Paralympics Not held G Not held F-S 1 / 2 4–1
  1. ^ Exhibition match.

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Quad singles: 17 (15 titles, 2 runner-up)[edit]

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 2015 Australian Open Hard United States David Wagner 6–2, 6–3
Win 2015 US Open Hard United States David Wagner 6–1, 4–6, 7–5
Win 2016 Australian Open (2) Hard United States David Wagner 6–2, 6–2
Win 2017 Australian Open (3) Hard United Kingdom Andy Lapthorne 6–2, 6–2
Win 2018 Australian Open (4) Hard United States David Wagner 7–6, 6–1
Win 2018 US Open (2) Hard United States David Wagner 7–5, 6–2
Win 2019 Australian Open (5) Hard United States David Wagner 6–4, 7–6(7–2)
Win 2019 French Open Clay United States David Wagner 6–2, 4–6, 6–2
Win 2019 Wimbledon Grass United Kingdom Andy Lapthorne 6–0, 6–2
Loss 2019 US Open Hard United Kingdom Andy Lapthorne 1–6, 0–6
Win 2020 Australian Open (6) Hard United Kingdom Andy Lapthorne 6–0, 6–4
Loss 2020 US Open Hard Netherlands Sam Schröder 6–7(5–7), 6–0, 4–6
Win 2020 French Open (2) Clay United Kingdom Andy Lapthorne 6–2, 6–2
Win 2021 Australian Open (7) Hard Netherlands Sam Schröder 6–1, 6–0
Win 2021 French Open (3) Clay Netherlands Sam Schröder 6–4, 6–2
Win 2021 Wimbledon (2) Grass Netherlands Sam Schröder 6–2, 6–2
Win 2021 US Open (3) Hard Netherlands Niels Vink 7–5, 6–2

Quad doubles: 19 (8 titles, 11 runner-ups)[edit]

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 2014 Australian Open Hard South Africa Lucas Sithole United Kingdom Andy Lapthorne
United States David Wagner
4–6, 4–6
Loss 2015 Australian Open Hard South Africa Lucas Sithole United Kingdom Andy Lapthorne
United States David Wagner
0–6, 6–3, 2–6
Loss 2015 US Open Hard India Gauri Sharma United States Nicholas Taylor
United States David Wagner
6–4, 2–6, [7–10]
Loss 2016 Australian Open Hard United Kingdom Andy Lapthorne South Africa Lucas Sithole
United States David Wagner
1–6, 3–6
Loss 2017 Australian Open Hard Australia Heath Davidson United Kingdom Andy Lapthorne
United States David Wagner
3–6, 3–6
Loss 2017 US Open Hard United States Bryan Barten United Kingdom Andy Lapthorne
United States David Wagner
5–7, 2–6
Win 2018 Australian Open Hard Australia Heath Davidson United Kingdom Andy Lapthorne
United States David Wagner
6–0, 6–7(5–7), [10–6]
Loss 2018 US Open Hard United States Bryan Barten United Kingdom Andy Lapthorne
United States David Wagner
6–3, 0–6, [4–10]
Win 2019 Australian Open (2) Hard Australia Heath Davidson United Kingdom Andy Lapthorne
United States David Wagner
6–3, 6–7(6–8), [12–10]
Win 2019 French Open Clay United States David Wagner Brazil Ymanitu Silva
Japan Koji Sugeno
6–3, 6–3
Win 2019 Wimbledon Grass United Kingdom Andy Lapthorne Japan Koji Sugeno
United States David Wagner
6–2, 7–6(7–4)
Win 2019 US Open Hard United Kingdom Andy Lapthorne United States Bryan Barten
United States David Wagner
6–7(5–7), 6–1, [10–6]
Win 2020 Australian Open (3) Hard Australia Heath Davidson United Kingdom Andy Lapthorne
United States David Wagner
6–4, 6–3
Win 2020 US Open (2) Hard United Kingdom Andy Lapthorne Netherlands Sam Schröder
United States David Wagner
3–6, 6–4, [10–8]
Loss 2020 French Open Clay United Kingdom Andy Lapthorne Netherlands Sam Schröder
United States David Wagner
6–4, 5–7, [8–10]
Win 2021 Australian Open (4) Hard Australia Heath Davidson United Kingdom Andy Lapthorne
United States David Wagner
6–2, 3–6, [10–7]
Loss 2021 French Open Clay Netherlands Sam Schröder United Kingdom Andy Lapthorne
United States David Wagner
6–7(1–7), 6–4, [7–10]
Loss 2021 Wimbledon Grass Netherlands Sam Schröder United Kingdom Andy Lapthorne
United States David Wagner
1–6, 6–3, 4–6
Loss 2021 US Open Hard Australia Heath Davidson Netherlands Sam Schröder
Netherlands Niels Vink
3–6, 2–6

Paralympic gold medal matches[edit]

Quad singles: 2 (2 Gold medals)[edit]

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Gold 2016 Summer Paralympics Hard United Kingdom Andy Lapthorne 6–3, 6–4
Gold 2020 Summer Paralympics (2) Hard Netherlands Sam Schröder 7–6(7–2), 6–1

Quad doubles: 2 (1 Gold medal, 1 Silver medal)[edit]

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Gold 2016 Summer Paralympics Hard Australia Heath Davidson United States Nick Taylor
United States David Wagner
4–6, 6–4, 7–5
Silver 2020 Summer Paralympics Hard Australia Heath Davidson Netherlands Sam Schröder
Netherlands Niels Vink
4–6, 3–6

Recognition[edit]

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