Newcombe Medal: Alcott strengthens hold on No.1

Melbourne, VIC, 28 November 2019 | tennis.com.au

After returning to world No.1 in a triumphant 2018 season, Dylan Alcott managed to better himself this year by coming within a victory of an historic calendar-year Grand Slam.

The Victorian’s incredible season, during which he won three major singles titles and went undefeated in both singles and doubles until September, saw him nominated for this year’s Newcombe Medal.

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We recap Alcott’s many highlights in the build-up to the 2019 Newcombe Medal, Australian Tennis Awards on Monday 2 December in Melbourne.

JANUARY

  • Wins the inaugural Bendigo Wheelchair Tennis Open with straight-sets wins over Koji Sunego and David Wagner.
  • Hoists fifth consecutive Australian Open singles trophy, and combines with Heath Davidson to win the doubles tournament.

APRIL

  • Scoopes the Japan Open title, winning his first two rounds without dropping a game.

JUNE

  • Victorious at the first edition of the Roland Garros quad wheelchair event, beating Wagner in a three-set final.
  • Teamed with Wagner to win the doubles title at Roland Garros.

JULY

  • Wins ninth career Grand Slam singles title in the inaugural Wimbledon quad singles tournament, beating doubles partner Andy Lapthorne 6-0 6-2 in the final. A day earlier, won the doubles title.

SEPTEMBER

  • Wins three round-robin matches to advance to the US Open final, extending singles winning streak to 23.
  • Falls to Lapthorne in the final — his first loss since September 2018 — but combines with Lapthorne to win the doubles crown.