Tennis

Alcott caught in his own US Open storm

AUSSIE wheelchair phenomenon Dylan Alcott has gone all-in at the US Open after claiming his second Flushing Meadows crown.

The star Paralympian took down World No. 1 and wheelchair tennis veteran David Wagner at his home Open 7-5 6-2 after rallying back from 0-3 in the first set.

Unfortunately, the tense struggle between the world’s top two players was relegated to the practice courts after rain came through and put a spanner in the works.

Alcott said it was “really strange” to see his men’s final moved to a tiny venue, claiming organisers of the historic tournament were cutting costs.

“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.”

Spectators were barred from the match with just the players’ coaches viewing the spectacle.

“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’,” Alcott said.

“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.”

The lacklustre crowd didn’t appear to affect the Victorian’s resolve as he broke Wagner’s serve six times on his way to victory.

“I’m a big-atmosphere kind of guy. I’ve got a loud personality and I enjoy firing myself up, and when you’re out in the middle of nowhere and you can’t even find the court, it’s tough,” Alcott told the ABC.

The 27-year-old now has six grand slam crowns to his name, two of which have come from the US Open.

“It was an incredible tournament,” he continued. “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. I really can’t believe it.”

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