Aussie champ’s classy act in gold medal match defeat Dylan Alcott helps officials wipe up the court. Picture: Channel 7


Aussie champion Dylan Alcott may have missed out on Paralympic gold, but the tennis star proved his class with this generous gesture.

Australians Dylan Alcott and Heath Davidson have lost their gold medal match of the wheelchair tennis quad finals at the Tokyo Paralympics.

The No. 1 seeded pair were bettered by Dutch duo Sam Schroder and Niels Vink on Wednesday evening, receiving silver after going down in straight sets 6-4 6-3 at Tokyo’s Ariake Tennis Centre Court.

However, Alcott will have another opportunity to clinch Paralympic gold in the quad singles gold medal match against Schroder, scheduled to commence on Thursday at 11am AEST.

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Play was stopped briefly in the first set due to rain, with officials closing the roof during the delay.

But Alcott showed his class by helping the volunteers wipe up the wet patches on the court with a towel.

Alcott is targeting a rare “Golden Slam” in 2021, which involves winning all four major tennis singles titles plus the Paralympics in the same year.

The 30-year-old has already tasted success at the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon this year.

The Aussie tennis champion described Tuesday’s semi-final victory over Dutch teenager Vink as the best match of his life, sharing an emotional embrace with his opponent following the three-hour marathon.

“He’s half my age, what a little legend he is, Niels,” Alcott said.

“I know he read my book growing up. I sent him a birthday video for his 18th (birthday). We’re mates.

“When I hugged him at the end he was in tears. He wouldn’t let go and I just said I was so proud of him, how well he played.

“I’m just so proud of him.”

Channel 7’s Luke McGarry posted: “So much class and sportsmanship from Dylan Alcott.

“What an Australian. We are all so proud of him.”

– with Tyson Otto



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