Alcott wins through to Wimbledon final
Dylan Alcott was a straight-sets winner on Thursday at Wimbledon to progress to the quad wheelchair final, where he will face Andy Lapthorne.
Dylan Alcott will play Andy Lapthorne in the Wimbledon quad singles final after a straight-sets win on Thursday.
Playing under sunny skies on Court 14, Alcott defeated Japan’s Koji Sugeno 6-3 6-4 to become the first winner of an official quad singles match at the All England Club.
In another Aussie result, Tristan Schoolkate and Dane Sweeny fell 6-4 6-2 to top-seeded Czechs Jonas Forejtek and Jiri Lehecka in the second round of the boys’ doubles.
Alcott won his semifinal one minute before Lapthorne beat David Wagner 7-5 6-4.
“The other semifinal, I finished one minute before that, so Wimbledon tweeted “history maker Dylan Alcott the first ever win in quads. I was like, yeah baby!” he said.
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 11, 2019
“If I could have a dream, it would be Andy, in the final (of Wimbledon). He’s British, from London, lot of mates (here).
“I know what it’s like to play the Australian Open final in Australia and it’s awesome. So for him to have that (at home) that’s pretty cool. How good’s that? A Brit, in the first final, for quad wheelchair tennis.
“I’m looking forward to it. We’ve all played each other million times, so let’s go out there and play tennis. I’m not going to go watch film or anything because you kind of know what’s going on.”
Alcott raced to a 6-3 4-1 lead over the Japanese world No.4, before Sugeno levelled scores at 4-4.
But some clutch tennis from Alcott when facing break points in the 10th game helped him close out the match in one hour and 11 minutes.
He is now undefeated in 11 singles matches in 2019, and will shoot for his third straight Grand Slam of the season after earlier triumphing at the Australian Open and Roland Garros.
“I didn’t get nervous really at all. I was excited. I was kind of rushing a bit; at 4-1 I kind of relaxed a bit and he started hitting out a bit more,” Alcott said.
“I played a really good (ninth) game and he had break points at 5-4 and I was serving a lot to his backhand, because that’s the weaker side, and down 5-4, second serve, break point, I hit an ace out wide and then I was like ‘I’ve won here’.
“Went bang bang and got it done.”