Dylan Alcott Wins Sixth Consecutive Australian Open Title

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Dylan Alcott Wins Sixth Consecutive Australian Open Title

World No. 1 Dylan Alcott has won his sixth consecutive Australian Open crown in Melbourne on Saturday, beating Great Britain's Andy Lapthorne in the quad wheelchair singles final. The Australian avenged a loss at the US Open final last year to Lapthorne where he lost in the final - winning 6-0, 6-4 on Rod Laver Arena to claim his 10th career Grand Slam singles title.

Alcott hit 14 winners and won 32 points to Lapthorne's 19 in the opening set without dropping a game. After the two traded breaks early in the second set, Alcott broke again at 4-4 and this time held his serve to serve out the match for the 6-0, 6-4 win.

Following the match, Alcott said that he would donate $40,000 to people with a disability that have been affected by Australia's bushfire crisis. Alcott is an Australian wheelchair basketballer, wheelchair tennis player, radio host and motivational speaker.

He was a member of the Australia men's national wheelchair basketball team and at the age of 17 he became the youngest Australian "Rollers" wheelchair basketball gold medal winner for wheelchair basketball, and was the youngest to compete in the Wheelchair Basketball competition.

In 2014, he returned to wheelchair tennis with the aiming of participating at the 2016 Rio Paralympics, where he won gold medals in the Men's Quad Singles and Doubles. He was also named the 2016 Australian Paralympian of the Year due to his outstanding achievements at Rio Paralympics Alcott also hosts the weekend afternoon radio show on Australian radio station Triple J, and the ABC live music show The Set.