On the Same Day, Diede de Groot and Dylan Alcott Achieve the First Golden Slams in Wheelchair Tennis History

on the same day diede de groot and dylan alcott achieve the first golden slams in wheelchair tennis history

Sumary of On the Same Day, Diede de Groot and Dylan Alcott Achieve the First Golden Slams in Wheelchair Tennis History:

  • Diede de Groot, world No. 1, from the Netherlands won the 2021 US Open women’s singles wheelchair competition (6-3, 6-2) against Japan’s Yui Kamiji, world No. 2. Two hours later, Australian Dylan Alcott, ranked No. 1 in the world, took home the victory (7-5, 6-2) over world No. 4 Niels Vink, also from the Netherlands, in the quad competition.
  • The elusive achievement means that they won singles gold at the Tokyo Paralympics, plus all four majors in this calendar year, and they each made history as the first wheelchair tennis players to win Golden Slams.
  • Germany’s Steffi Graf won all four Grand Slams and the Olympics in women’s singles in 1988, and she stood alone in the Golden Slam record books until now.
  • During the trophy ceremony, de Groot, who has 12 major singles titles to her name after today, pointed out that she and Kamiji left the Tokyo Paralympics just around a week ago for the US Open tournament, a transition which she noted tournament organizers made easy for them.
  • She thanked her team, tournament sponsors, and viewers, then stated, “It’s really important for us as wheelchair tennis players to get this kind of acknowledgement.

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