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Tennis Australia • Dylan Alcott wins Historic Golden Slam

2021 US Open Wheelchair Quad Singles finalist Niels Vink and champion Dylan Alcott pose for a photo with USTA Tournament Director, George Moreira at the 2021 US Open. (Photo credit: Andrew Ong/USTA)
World No.1 Quad wheelchair tennis player Dylan Alcott has become the first man in tennis to win a Golden Slam, comprising all four major tournaments and a Paralympic gold medal in a calendar year. 

The 15-time Grand Slam singles champion defeated world No.4 and Paralympic bronze medalist Niels Vink of the Netherlands 7-5 6-2 to win the US Open title and seal the historic feat in New York City. 

The Australian added to victories at the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon earlier this year.

Last week he also claimed his second consecutive gold medal at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Alcott is joined by Dutch player Diede de Groot, also a Tokyo 2020 Paralympic gold medalist, as the only other player to achieve a Golden Slam since Steffi Graf in 1988.

 “I can’t believe I’ve just won the Golden Slam,” said an emotional Alcott as he was presented with the trophy at Flushing Meadows. 
Dylan Alcott returns a shot during a Wheelchair Quad Singles championship match at the 2021 US Open, Sunday, Sep. 12, 2021 in Flushing, NY. (Andrew Ong/USTA)
Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley congratulated Alcott and Stosur this morning after their performances. 

“We are so proud of both Dylan and Sam and their teams on their incredible accomplishments in New York,” Tiley said. “Dylan, always an inspiration, is now a Golden Grand Slam champion and the first man to achieve this in the history of our sport. To maintain his high level of play after winning the gold medal in Tokyo just a week ago is testament to not only his resilience, but his physical and mental strength on and off the court. 

“Congratulations also to Sam who came into this event celebrating the tenth anniversary of defeating Serena Williams to become US Open champion in 2011.

To win again in the doubles today, 16 years since she first won the doubles title in New York, is something we don’t often see in any sport.

It’s a truly special achievement and speaks to Sam’s professionalism and work ethic.”

 The chorus of congratulatory messages on social media included those from world No.1 Ash Barty, Grand Slam champion Rod Laver  and 22-Grand Slam Champion Todd Woodbridge.

Dylan Alcott – Golden Slam in 2021 

US Open 2021 F Dylan Alcott (AUS) d Niels Vink (NED) 7-5 6-2

Tokyo 2020 Paralympics F Dylan Alcott (AUS) d Sam Schroder (NED) 7-6(2) 6-1

Wimbledon 2021 F Dylan Alcott (AUS) d Sam Schroder (NED) 6-2 6-2

Roland Garros 2021 F Dylan Alcott (AUS) d Sam Schroder (NED) 6-4 6-2

Australian Open 2021 F Dylan Alcott (AUS) d Sam Schroder (NED) 6-1 6-0