Australian Dylan Alcott shows off his gold medal after deating Andy Lapthorne of Great Britain for the men's quad singles title in Rio.
Australian Dylan Alcott shows off his gold medal after deating Andy Lapthorne of Great Britain for the men's quad singles title in Rio. Sport the library / Jeff Crow

Advantage Alcott: tennis ace wins second gold

TENNIS: Australia had only won a single gold medal in wheelchair tennis at the Paralympics before two days ago.

Now, in part thanks to Dylan Alcott, the tally has tripled.

Alcott won his second gold medal in two days, winning the quad singles in straight sets.

The day before he partnered with Heath Davidson to win the doubles.

After winning the singles, Alcott said it was just a feeling of relief.

"This means everything to me,” he said.

"I've just had so much help throughout the years from so many different people from so many different walks of life.”

Alcott now has four Paralympic medals, the two in tennis and a gold and silver in wheelchair basketball.

"This is probably sweeter because I've worked harder for this,” he said.

"I've sacrificed everything for this.”

Alcott said for people with a disability, they were led to believe their lives were over.

"That's just not true,” he said.

"If I ever had the opportunity to change it, with able-bodied legs, you couldn't pay me enough to do it, and I believe that wholeheartedly.

"For anyone with a disability, get into sport, and get around it because it changed my life.”


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