Victorian Institute of Sport

Alcott qualifies for gold medal match

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Dylan Alcott has qualified for the gold medal match of the men’s quad singles after recording a comprehensive 6-0 6-3 win over South Africa’s Lucas Sithole at the Rio Tennis Arena.

Alcott required just 51 minutes to dismantle the world number 3 and can now look forward to two finals in as many days, after his singles victory followed yesterday’s win through to the gold medal match of the quad doubles, with Heath Davidson.

Alcott was a class apart from Sithole, who could find no answer to the Australian’s tactics, which centred predominantly on taking the pace off the ball.

Sithole did improve as the match wore on, but with Alcott serving well and capitalising on break point opportunities (5 of 10), it was all too little, too late.

With a gold medal on offer in the men’s quad doubles tomorrow and a singles final to follow on Day 7, Alcott admitted that he was enjoying his time in Rio.

“I’m really enjoying myself as well to be honest, I’m lucky to be a Paralympian and I love being from Australia and representing Australia, and I’ve got all my friends and family here and I’m humbled to do what I do,” Alcott said.

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