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US Open: Dylan Alcott slams ‘disgusting discrimination’ as grand slam omits wheelchair tennis



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Australian Dylan Alcott slammed US Open organizers for “disgusting discrimination” in choosing to remove wheelchair tennis from this year’s tournament.

The 29-year-old, a two-time New York champion and current world No. 1, responded to the announcement that US Open will continue with additional health precautions in place, including fan absences.

Alcott wrote on Twitter: “Just been informed that the US Open will take place WITHOUT wheelchair tennis. “The players were not consulted. I think I did enough to qualify – 2x champion, world No 1. But unfortunately, I missed the only important thing, which is being able to walk. Disgusting discrimination”.

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) was not immediately available for comment.

The men’s and women’s singles draws at this year’s event will feature 128 regular players – albeit without qualifying – but the mixed doubles event has been halved from 64 to 32.

Mixed doubles, wheelchair tennis and the junior competition have all been cancelled.

Dylan Alcott defeated in the wheelchair men's singles final at the Australian Open.

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Dylan Alcott defeated in the wheelchair men’s singles final at the Australian Open.

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“And please don’t tell me I’m a ‘greater risk’ because I have a disability,” added Alcott, a 10-time Grand slam champion. “I have a disability, yes, but that doesn’t make me Sick. I’m healthier and healthier than almost everyone reading this right now. No additional risk.

“And there are certainly more important things going on in the world, but that choice should have been mine. It is blatant discrimination against people who can decide on my behalf what I do with my LIFE AND CAREER simply because I am disabled. Not good enough, US Open. ”

On Tuesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that “special precautions” will be in place to ensure the tournament goes on safely.

These precautions include “firm checks, additional cleaning, extra locker room space, housing and specialized transportation.”

The tennis schedule has been severely impacted by the pandemic with this year’s Wimbledon canceled and the French Open postponed until September.

Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep are two of the high profile names to express concerns about hosting the tournament in New York with the virus still prevalent in the US.

Rafael Nadal, meanwhile, told reporters earlier this month that it was not an “ideal” situation.

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