Schroder denies Alcott dream farewell


Melbourne, Jan 27 (UNI) Sam Schroder of the Netherlands on Thursday foiled Australian Dylan Alcott's farewell dream of an eighth straight Australian Open quad wheelchair title on Rod Laver Arena. Schroder defeated Alcott 7-5, 6-0 in his last competitive match. The Aussie retired with 23 quad wheelchair Grand Slam trophies and the first man in history to win the Golden Slam in any form of tennis following his clean sweep in 2021. Alcott on Tuesday was named Australian of the Year and awarded an Officer of the Order in the Australia Day Honours List. "Sam, mate, you deserved to win. You were definitely the better player," Alcott said in on court interview. "To the Australian Open, I love you so much. Thanks so much to Jane, Craig and everybody for changing my life but also backing someone who's disabled to be the front of your brand. "You've changed my life but judging by that award I got a couple of days ago maybe I've changed some other lives as well." Schroder said after the match: "Congrats to Dylan on an amazing career. You've inspired so many people to get out there and play sports. "You've done a great job inspiring the world. I hope to one day be able to do just one small part of that as well. Thank you for all that you've done."