‘Farewell Legend’ Looking back at Dylan Alcott’s record as he prepares for his final Grand Slam

World No. 1 in quad singles and World No. 3 in quad doubles Dylan Alcott will be playing in his last tennis tournament at the 2022 Australian Open.

Dylan Alcott
Dylan Alcott

World No. 1 Dylan Alcott is nothing but an absolute legend. The 31-year old Australian has won 15 Grand Slam singles titles from 17 finals while also winning 8 Grand Slam doubles titles from 19 finals he has contested in. He is currently the World No. 1 in singles and World No. 3 in doubles having been a former World No. 1 earlier.

Alcott turned Pro in 2014 and having played 8 seasons has finally decided to retire from the sport after the conclusion of the 2022 Australian Open. Formerly a wheelchair basketball player and is also an Olympics gold medallist winning the Gold representing Australia at the 2008 Rio Paralympics when he was just 17 years old and remains one of the youngest to win a gold in the event.

Alcott also won the Gold medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympics when he participated in tennis Quad singles and doubles and went on to win Gold medals in both disciplines. He nearly defended both of his medals at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics held last year but despite defending his Gold medal in singles, he had to settle for the Silver’s medal in the doubles category to finish his Olympics tally with 3 Gold medals and 1 silver in Tennis.

Dylan Alcott’s Grand Slam records

Dylan Alcott
Dylan Alcott

Alcott made his Grand Slam debut at the 2014 Australian Open where he reached the finals in the doubles event but not in the singles event. As the French Open and Wimbledon Championships did not have wheelchair events till 2018 with Wimbledon having wheelchair doubles for the first time in 2018 and started the singles event in 2019 along with the French Open.

At the Australian Open which is Dylan’s home Slam, he is yet to lose a singles finals starting his streak in 2015 and to date remains the defending champion having won the Slam for 7 consecutive years and will be the 8-time defending champion this year. In the doubles, he lost four consecutive finals from 2014 to 2017 but since then has won the title for 4 consecutive years and will be the 5-time defending champion this year.

At the French Open, he is a 3-time champion having won all three editions played so far and a new champion will be crowned this year only because of his retirement. In the doubles event, he won the inaugural edition at the 2019 French Open but failed to defend his title next year and finished as the runner-up in 2020 and 2021.

In the two editions held in Wimbledon so far in 2019 and 2021, Dylan won both the singles titles while winning the doubles event in 2019 and finished runner-up in 2021. At the US Open, he has 3 titles (2015, 2018, 2021) from the 5 finals he has played while in the doubles, he has been a 6-time finalist winning the title twice in 2019 and 2020.

He completed the Doubles Calendar Slam in 2019 winning all 4 majors and also has the Olympics gold in doubles won in 2016. In the singles, he missed out on a Calendar Slam in 2019 as he lost in the finals of the 2019 US Open but achieved the feat in 2021 as he won all 4 Slams and also the singles Gold at the Paralympics becoming the first man to win the Golden Slam.

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