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Spotlight on Dylan Alcott: A Champion on & off the Tennis court

Alex_Scope Posts: 7,562 Scope online community team
"I hated my disability, then I found Tennis, and it changed and saved my life!"

Those are a few of the words of Dylan Alcott's speech last year after winning the legendary 'Golden Slam' at US Open 2021.

Today marks the start of the very last tournament of his phenomenal career, following his announcement he will retire after the Australian Open 2022, aged 30. It's more than fair to say, wheelchair tennis won't be the same without such a big personality on the court. 

[Dylan Alcott pictured kissing the Australian Open Quad Singles Trophy]

For those that don't know, Dylan Alcott is a multiple Quad Wheelchair singles and doubles champion, Paralympic champion, and an incredibly passionate advocate for disability rights and equality. He's even done two TED talks on the subject.

Dylan was was born with lipomeningocele, which caused a large tumour on his spinal cord, leading to the first of many surgeries at five weeks old. He went from hating his disability in his youth, to fully embracing it, and using his platform to push for change.

Off the court the Australian Dylan works to promote equality, particularly for young disabled people. He has a charitable foundation, and is co founder of Get Skilled Access and Able Food, as well as running the music festival Ability Fest. 

He'll certainly keep himself busy after hanging up his racquet! As a last note, I wanted to share this piece written in the New York Times a few years ago, that gives the reader a real flavour of Dylan as a professional sportsperson, advocate and proud Aussie. Enjoy!
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