Dylan Alcott narrowly misses out on third US Open wheelchair tennis crown


Dylan Alcott could not add to the quad doubles title he had already won at this year’s US Open after the Australian fell in the singles final to Sam Schroder on the last day of play at Flushing Meadows.

The Australian was seeking to claim his third US Open singles crown but, having roared back to level the match against the Dutch player at one set all, he dropped the decider to lose 7-6 (7-5), 0-6, 6-4.

Alcott, along with his doubles partner Andy Lapthorne of Great Britain, had beaten Schroder and David Wagner of the US earlier in the weekend to win the doubles title – Alcott’s seventh major doubles title.

On Sunday, Schroder edged the first set in a tie-breaker before Alcott eased to the second without dropping a further game. But Schroder was able to steady the ship in the third to claim his first major title.

The US Open wheelchair tournament nearly did not go ahead this year after initially being axed from the schedule due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Alcott was vocal in his opposition to the decision taken in June and accused organisers of “disgusting discrimination”.

The United States Tennis Association eventually made a U-turn, allowing Alcott to target an 11th grand slam singles title, and a third crown at Flushing Meadows to add to those he won in 2015 and 2018.