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Australian Open: Dylan Alcott begins his final ever tennis match as he fights for eighth title

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Australian followers have gone wild for Dylan Alcott as he begins his final ever sport {of professional} tennis – hoping to retire with one other Australian Open title below his belt.

Alcott goes head-to-head with Dutch participant Sam Schröder in Thursday afternoon’s Australian Open quad wheelchair singles remaining.

The pair have been stage all through the match with the rating 4-4.

Alcott was greeted with a standing ovation as he wheeled out onto the courtroom as the group cheered and applauded the wheelchair tennis champion. 

The 31-year-old was on Tuesday evening named the 2022 Australian of the 12 months having been a fierce advocate for folks with disabilities.

Talking forward of his singles remaining and final ever match on the courtroom, Alcott stated win or lose, he was the ‘luckiest man on the planet’.

‘It is the final dance: win, lose or draw. I wish to win, however I’ll stay if I do not win. I am nonetheless the luckiest man on the planet if I do not win,’ he stated. 

Australian fans have gone wild for Dylan Alcott as he begins his last ever game of professional tennis with plans to retire with another Australian Open win

Australian fans have gone wild for Dylan Alcott as he begins his last ever game of professional tennis with plans to retire with another Australian Open win

Australian followers have gone wild for Dylan Alcott as he begins his final ever sport {of professional} tennis with plans to retire with one other Australian Open win

Alcott is going head-to-head with Dutch player Sam Schröder in Thursday afternoon's Australian Open quad wheelchair singles final

Alcott is going head-to-head with Dutch player Sam Schröder in Thursday afternoon's Australian Open quad wheelchair singles final

Alcott goes head-to-head with Dutch participant Sam Schröder in Thursday afternoon’s Australian Open quad wheelchair singles remaining

‘I am so excited to exit on a excessive.

‘That does not imply successful. Which means it is nonetheless going to be a excessive. I am actually excited, I actually am.’

If Alcott outplays Schröder, he may have eight Australian Open titles to his title, having received the previous seven tournaments.

The 31-year-old leaves behind an illustrious profession, having received 15 titles in quad singles and eight titles within the doubles since 2014. 

He admitted he was bodily exhausted forward of his try and safe an eighth Australian Open trophy however has come via in more durable circumstances.

In 2018 he was victorious at Melbourne Park whereas battling a blood an infection which required him to shuffle every day between the tennis courtroom and a hospital mattress. 

‘S***, I obtained to play tennis tomorrow, do not I? Forgot about that,’ he laughed with reporters after being topped Australian of the 12 months.

Noticed within the crowd throughout Thursday’s match was final 12 months’s Australian of the 12 months winner Grace Tame, who was cheered on by fellow spectators when her face flashed up on the display screen. 

If Alcott outplays Schröder, he will have eight Australian Open titles under his belt, having won the past seven tournaments

If Alcott outplays Schröder, he will have eight Australian Open titles under his belt, having won the past seven tournaments

If Alcott outplays Schröder, he may have eight Australian Open titles below his belt, having received the previous seven tournaments

Chantelle Otten (L) and Dylan Alcott attend the 2022 Australian of the Year Awards at the National Arboretum (pictured)

Chantelle Otten (L) and Dylan Alcott attend the 2022 Australian of the Year Awards at the National Arboretum (pictured)

Chantelle Otten (L) and Dylan Alcott attend the 2022 Australian of the 12 months Awards on the Nationwide Arboretum (pictured)

The irrepressible Alcott reckoned he was hardly in the very best form to sort out his previous Dutch rival Sam Schroder as he shoots for his sixteenth Grand Slam triumph.

‘Emotionally, I am a full ten out of ten; bodily, I am a two out of ten. I’m wrecked – however I would not need it another manner. That is how I at all times stay my life.’

This may, he reasserted, be his final match and there will be no comeback within the model of one other previous Australian of the 12 months, singer John Farnham.

‘I promise you I will give it a proper previous crack. ‘Dylan, get pleasure from it since you’re by no means going to get it once more’,’ smiled Alcott.

‘I really like John Farnham, however I am not the going to be the wheelchair John Farnham and are available again. I promise that is it. This can be a hundred per cent it.’

Dylan Alcott back at Melbourne Park on Wednesday holding his Australian of the Year Award (pictured)

Dylan Alcott back at Melbourne Park on Wednesday holding his Australian of the Year Award (pictured)

Dylan Alcott again at Melbourne Park on Wednesday holding his Australian of the 12 months Award (pictured)

Source: Every day Mail

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