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Aussie champ reveals 'sad' US Open snub

Wide World of Sports logo Wide World of Sports 11/09/2018 Stuart Honeysett

It should have been a moment to remember but Australian wheelchair tennis champion Dylan Alcott has described his US Open win as ‘pretty sad’ after being relegated to a practice court with no fans in a cost-cutting measure by tournament organisers.

Alcott claimed his second US Open crown and his sixth grand slam title after downing David Wagner in 7-5 6-2 in just 75 minutes but revealed he was unable to play on Arthur Ashe Stadium or Louis Armstrong Stadium because the cost was too much.

To make matters worse, a group of Aussies who turned up to cheer Alcott on were turned away because they didn’t have the appropriate accreditation.

“It was a really strange thing to happen,” Alcott told the Today show.

“They left all of their matches to be finished on the last day, as opposed to the Australian Open when a lot of the matches are done earlier for the men’s and women’s and doubles and juniors.

“They told me I had to play on an indoor (court) and spectators weren’t allowed. It was just my coach, myself, my opposition and his coach, and I said, ‘That’s ridiculous’.

“It was pretty sad because the word got out over here in New York and there was about 100 or 200 Aussies that came that I didn’t know that couldn’t get into watch which was a real bummer.

“But hey, a grand slam is a grand slam and I’ve got the trophy and I’m really stoked with it.”

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The Alcott incident is the latest in a series of forgettable mishaps that have blighted the US Open after claims of double standards when French star Alize Cornet was punished for a top change, while Serena Williams alleged sexism after her controversial loss in the women’s final

The multi-talented Alcott is also a star for the Australian men’s wheelchair basketball team and while he said he loves both sports equally, he enjoyed tennis because he loved ‘getting a tan’ and playing before his home crowd at the Australian Open.

“It was an incredible tournament, I was lucky enough to win the US Open in 2015 and to back it up and win a second one, and now six grand slam single titles, it still sounds weird coming out of my mouth,” Alcott said. “I really can’t believe it.”


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