US Open: Alcott begins quest for Grand Slam

New York, United States, 6 September 2019 | tennis.com.au

Dylan Alcott dominated Bryan Barten in his opening singles match in the quad wheelchair event at the US Open on Thursday.

The Australian, ranked world No.1 and the defending US Open champion, beat the American 6-2 6-0 in just 49 minutes in the first of three round-robin matches.

He will also play Andy Lapthorne — whom he beat in the Wimbledon final — and David Wagner, with the two best-performed players advancing to the final.

Alcott also won the Australian and French Open titles — beating Wagner in both finals — earlier this year and at Flushing Meadows is playing for an historic calendar-year Grand Slam.

He is attempting to become the first wheelchair tennis player to achieve the feat, which would come 50 years after compatriot Rod Laver did the same in men’s singles in 1969.

Alcott was in imperious form against Barten, clubbing six aces among 26 winners while keeping his unforced errors to just nine.

Barten, meanwhile, committed 10 double faults.

Alcott will play Lapthorne in his second round-robin match on Friday at Louis Armstrong Stadium.