Quad wheelchair world No.1 Dylan Alcott’s Australian Open 2019 campaign is up and running with a win after recovering from a shaky start to beat fellow Aussie Heath Davidson 6-3 6-2.
Alcott, a four-time Australian Open singles champion, found himself down 3-1 on a packed Court 8 before claiming 11 of the next 13 games to extend his unbeaten run against his close mate to seven matches.
“It’s always so hard playing Heath,” Alcott admitted. “We’re best mates – not just in tennis, proper best mates. When you’re tennis friends it’s alright [to play each other], but we hang out when it’s not tennis.
“It’s a bummer, but it’s a round robin, so if he beats the other two and I keep winning, we can meet in the final.”