Australia's Dylan Alcott says that the Paralympic Games in Tokyo next year remains one of his key goals. At the 2016 Rio Paralympics, Alcott won gold medals in the Men's Quad Singles and Doubles and was named the 2016 Australian Paralympian of the Year for his achievements at the Rio Games.
The 2020 Summer Paralympics were originally planned to be held in Tokyo, Japan between 25 August and 6 September 2020 but were delayed due to the global pandemic. They are now planned to be held in Tokyo between 24 August and 5 September 2021.
Dylan Alcott says he is looking forward to the Paralympic Games in Tokyo
According to Tennis Australia, the 29 year old Australian says, "It was tough when the news came that the coronavirus pandemic was going to delay the Paralympic Games.
I’m not going to lie, it was a bummer. But I then drive down the street and see people lining up at Centrelink, I see people in hospital who are sick, and people around the world who have had much bigger losses than I have."
The Australian added that he has since changed his perspective and is looking at the delay as an additional year to train for the Paralympic Games. Alcott will also be at the upcoming US Open in New York and he played a leading role in getting the wheelchair event included in the 2020 edition.
The USTA initially decided that the wheelchair event would not be part of the US Open as part of its efforts to reduce the number of people on-site due to the current health crisis. Alcott was one of the leading voices to protest against the same and eventually, the USTA relented and the wheelchair event was included in the 2020 US Open with men’s and women’s singles and doubles events and quad singles and doubles events, all with draw sizes similar to past US Opens.
The Australian also has his own foundation which helps people with a disability and is the founder of Get Skilled Access, which aims to change the way organisations and governments view disability. Dylan Alcott is currently ranked No.
1 in the world in the ITF Quad Singles Ranking and is a 10-time Grand Slam champion. He is the only man to complete the Calendar-Year Grand Slam in quad doubles, winning all four major titles in 2019; and he has also won a non-calendar year Grand Slam in quad singles.