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Saturday, 26 January 2019

Djokovic's heartfelt response to Alcott win


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Australian Open quad wheelchair singles champion Dylan Alcott has been left emotional after an inspiring message from world No.1 Novak Djokovic.

The Serb may be on the cusp of winning his seventh career Australian Open title, but he took some time out to show his support for the Australian star for inspiring so many with his success.

"I've said it before, these guys are heroes to me," he said.

"They make the game of tennis even more beautiful and more unique because of what they do and how they do it.

Novak Djokovic

"They turn their handicap into something that inspires a lot of people including myself."

Following the message from Djokovic, Alcott explained how important it is for disabled athletes to get increased exposure at major events.

"For him to say that but also care about the results, they care about what we're doing now," he said.

"The public cares about what we're doing now. It's because we're elite sportsmen first and foremost. I'm elite, I just happen to be in a wheelchair.

Dylan Alcott

"They see that now, the public sees that now and that's what I believe in. We can be good at whatever we do, no matter your difference or your disability."

The Australian has taken pride in being an inspiration for disabled kids all over the world, and revealed his pride in receiving a photo from a fan showing a young child in a wheelchair watching one of his matches.

"That's what makes me emotional," Alcott said.

"That's just a girl looking at someone like them succeeding at what they do.

"She may not win the Australian Open, but she might go to school and go, 'you know what? I can do whatever I do' and that's why it's special."

Australian Open quad wheelchair singles champion Dylan Alcott has been left emotional after an inspiring message from world No.1 Novak Djokovic.

The Serb may be on the cusp of winning his seventh career Australian Open title, but he took some time out to show his support for the Australian star for inspiring so many with his success.

"I've said it before, these guys are heroes to me," he said.

"They make the game of tennis even more beautiful and more unique because of what they do and how they do it.

Novak Djokovic

"They turn their handicap into something that inspires a lot of people including myself."

Following the message from Djokovic, Alcott explained how important it is for disabled athletes to get increased exposure at major events.

"For him to say that but also care about the results, they care about what we're doing now," he said.

"The public cares about what we're doing now. It's because we're elite sportsmen first and foremost. I'm elite, I just happen to be in a wheelchair.

Dylan Alcott

"They see that now, the public sees that now and that's what I believe in. We can be good at whatever we do, no matter your difference or your disability."

The Australian has taken pride in being an inspiration for disabled kids all over the world, and revealed his pride in receiving a photo from a fan showing a young child in a wheelchair watching one of his matches.

"That's what makes me emotional," Alcott said.

"That's just a girl looking at someone like them succeeding at what they do.

"She may not win the Australian Open, but she might go to school and go, 'you know what? I can do whatever I do' and that's why it's special."

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