On the day of the announcement of the US Open 2020, the USTA committee had not even mentioned the tournament for wheelchair athletes, implying that it would not be played. The athletes of this discipline immediately felt discriminated against.
Speaking on the Today Show, two-time US Open champion Dylan Alcott said that Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray - are doing their bit to help.
Alcott on Federer, Djokovic and Murray
"I actually spoke to Andy Murray on the phone for 30 minutes last night, and he's publicly backed us, which is awesome," said Dylan Alcott.
"I know a lot of the top players, the likes of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are reaching out internally to try and help because they love wheelchair tennis and they support us as well. I saw online some incredible support for what we're doing, which is nice.
I was angry yesterday, but now I'm just really sad. You know how hard I train, and I just want to represent myself and my country, and do the very best that I can" - he added. In January 2015, Alcott won the quad wheelchair Australian Open title by defeating David Wagner in straight sets.
It was his maiden grand slam title. At the conclusion on 2015, he was ranked number 1 after winning eight titles including two grand slam singles titles. In 2018, Alcott won his first Wheelchair Tennis Masters title in the Quads singles event.
"I saw online some incredible support for what we're doing, which is nice," Alcott added. "I was angry yesterday, but now I'm just really sad. You know how hard I train, and I just want to represent myself and my country, and do the very best that I can.
To not be given that opportunity, or not being given the choice to be able to go, or not being consulted on whether we want to go, purely because we have a disability. That decision was made for us purely because we have a disabililty, and they still haven't told us a reason why, and they don't plan to.
It really upsets me to not be a part of the decision making process" - he finished. After receiving a substantial amount of criticism on the matter, USTA announced its take on the US Open Wheelchair Competition in 2020.
They are yet ‘to finalize their approach’ to hosting the wheelchair edition in 2020. They will also be working with ITF to look into the matter.