1. Dylan Alcott accomplished his mission
Local hero Dylan Alcott achieved his dream on Saturday at Melbourne Park. Not just a record fifth Quad Wheelchair AO title, over rival and No.2 seed David Wagner 6-4 7-6(2), and not just playing for the title at Rod Laver Arena, one of the game’s greatest stages.
Being part of the first live telecast of a wheelchair Grand Slam final, on Channel 9’s mainstream channel, has given the game unprecedented visibility.
“To broadcast it live to the world, never been done in a final, that’s huge for the movement of parasports, everything that I believe in,” Alcott beamed after his win.
Wheelchair tennis has rolled into the mainstream, and a large part of it is due to Alcott’s towering record and winning personality.
The only time the 28-year-old became emotional in his victory speech was recalling his 14-year-old self looking ahead to a bleak future. The teenage Alcott had no role models in the public eye. “I lay in bed thinking, ‘This sucks. Why don’t I see anybody like me?’ This used to eat me up. Whatever I’m good at, I want to make it.”
Mission accomplished. “This is the definition of making it,” he noted, “broadcasting that to the world.”