Paralympic champions Dylan Alcott and Diede de Groot win US Open wheelchair titles to complete Golden Slams | Tennis News
Alcott and Diede de Groot they both won US Open titles, adding to his victories this year at the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon, along with his gold medals at the Paralympic Games.
They were honored during the men’s final between Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev. Alcott raised his trophy, poured him a can of beer, and then drank it as the crowd roared.
Why not? Well done @DylanAlcott https://t.co/jtekXwEDkO
– Blake Johnson (@BlakeJohnson) 1631491349000
The Australian said he always drinks a trophy beer when he wins a Grand slam title, and said he was around 20 after his win last weekend in Tokyo.
“I just haven’t done it in front of 20,000 people and 50 million people watching,” Alcott said. “There was no chance that he wasn’t going to give that beer to Arthur Ashe after he had just won the Golden Slam.
“I saw that I got a smile from Novak and Medvedev, which was nice action. I wouldn’t want to be a beer in New York tonight, because they are going to destroy you. That’s for sure.”
Wow – Golden Slam officially completed. I can not believe it. We did it. We actually did! https://t.co/pncMvs8tgc
– Dylan Alcott (@DylanAlcott) 1631480531000
Alcott defeated Niels Vink of the Netherlands 7-5, 6-2 to win the singles quadruple division. De Groot edged No. 2 seed Yui Kamiji of Japan 6-3, 6-2 in the women’s singles final.
Her celebration was more subdued, but the Slam was equally significant for the 24-year-old Dutch.
“Being the first to earn that title is so special,” said de Groot. “I don’t think I’ll ever forget it.”
A golden moment for Diede de Groot! The legend 🇳🇱 completes the Golden Slam by winning the #USOpen https://t.co/9xSigXuFya
– US Tennis Open (@Usopen) 1631467740000
Steffi Graf, in 1988, had been the only tennis player to win all four Grand Slam titles plus a gold medal in the same year. It was only recently made possible on the wheelchair tour, and Wimbledon didn’t add a wheelchair tournament until 2016.
De Groot earned his victory for the first time on Sunday before Alcott, a 30-year-old who won a Paralympic gold medal in basketball in 2008 before switching to tennis, got on with hers.
“No man has ever won a Golden Slam. No one has had a chance to do it,” Alcott said. “I had that opportunity. What a special moment. I trained my whole life for that. So I really enjoyed the experience.”