‘I thought I did enough to qualify but unfortunately I missed the only thing that mattered: being able to walk’: World No 1 wheelchair tennis star Dylan Alcott slams US Open’s ‘blatant discrimination’ for decision to only play able-bodied events in 2020
- Wheelchair tennis has been slashed from the revised US Open 2020 schedule
- The tournament is hoped to ‘showcase tennis as the ideal social distancing sport’
- However, world No 1 Dylan Alcott was infuriated with the New York event’s move
- Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19
Wheelchair tennis’ world No 1, Dylan Alcott, has slammed the US Open’s decision to only stage able-bodied events in its reduced 2020 event.
With the coronavirus pandemic’s effects still set to rumble on late into summer, the New York tournament is hoped by US Tennis Association chief Mike Dowse to ‘showcase tennis as the ideal social distancing sport.’
However, this year’s edition will feature with no qualifying, mixed doubles, nor wheelchair tennis, a decision that has infuriated Aussie star Alcott.
Wheelchair tennis star Dylan Alcott is furious after the US Open cut the sport from its event
The New York tournament is set for August 31 to September 13 with a revised schedule
‘Just got announced that the US Open will go ahead WITHOUT wheelchair tennis,’ Alcott, who won at the Australian Open, wrote on Twitter.
‘Players weren’t consulted. I thought I did enough to qualify – 2x champion, number one in the world.
‘But unfortunately I missed the only thing that mattered, being able to walk. Disgusting discrimination.
Alcott has called the US Open’s decision ‘disgusting discrimination’ after learning of the news
‘And please do not tell me I am a ‘greater risk’ because I am disabled. I am disabled yes but that does not make me SICK. I am fitter and healthier than nearly everybody reading this right now. There are no added risks.
‘It is blatant discrimination for able bodied people to decide on my behalf what i do with my LIFE AND CAREER just because I am disabled. Not good enough @usopen.’
Tennis has been on pause since March due to the pandemic, with Wimbledon being lost to the calendar along the way.
The US Open is set for August 31 to September 13 after plans were approved by the governor of New York, despite concerns being raised by the sport’s biggest stars, including Novak Djokovic and Ashleigh Barty.
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