Commerce student Dylan Alcott has triumphed at the British Open, winning the Wheelchair Quad tennis singles title in Nottingham, the United Kingdom last Saturday.
Alcott defeated local favourite, Great Britain's No. 3 seed Andy Lapthorne in the final, 7-5 6-1.
Seeded No. 4 for the tournament, Alcott continued his good form from the previous month's French Open where he finished runner-up to World No. 1 American David Wagner. With a seeded bye in Round 1, Alcott defeat Brit Ian Payne 6-3 6-1 in Round 2. He then defeat Greg Hastorek of the USA 6-0 6-0 in the Quarter-final before dispatching South Africa's Lucas Sithole 6-2 6-0 in the Semi-final.
Alcott was no doubt inspired by his former team-mates in the Australian Rollers who won the gold medal in the World Wheelchair Basketball Championships in Korea last week. Alcott won silver with the Rollers at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and gold with the team at the Athens 2008 Games.
From basketball to tennis, Alcott has transitioned seamlessly and now ranks amongst the world's best quadriplegic tennis players. He now has his sights set on the season-ending NEC World Tennis Masters in late November.