Aussie wheelchair tennis star Dylan Alcott shares beautiful embrace with teenager who idolised him growing up before epic Paralympic clash
- Paralympic tennis champ Dylan Alcott emotionally hugged his beaten opponent
- Alcott battled to the gold medal match beating Niels Vink, 18, who idolised him
- He is on track to win his first ‘Golden slam’ – four majors and the Paralympics
Paralympic hero Dylan Alcott has produced what looks sure to be one of the enduring images of the Tokyo Games with a classy show of sportsmanship.
Moments after Alcott battled through to the quad singles tennis final, he shared an emotion-filled hug with the young teen rival who idolised him but vowed to ‘smash him’ on court.
Alcott, 30, won an epic two hour 28 minute semi-final against 18-year-old Niels Vink, then raced to his opponent’s side of the court to hug and support the shattered teen.
Moments after Dylan Alcott battled to the quad singles tennis final, he shared an emotion-filled hug with the young teen rival who idolised him, Niels Vink
Alcott and Vink are friends and the younger man vowed to ‘smash him’ when they played
A fired-up Alcott erupted after winning match point then shared an extended hug with an anguished Vink.
‘When I hugged him at the end he was in tears,’ Alcott said in the post-match interview.
‘He wouldn’t let go and I just said I was so proud of him, how well he played.’
Alcott called the encounter ‘the best match I have ever been part of, and it was here… it was special.’
‘I just love what the Paralympics represent. It saved my life, it honestly did.’
Before the match Alcott talked about his friendship with Vink, he grew up idolising the Australian world champion.
Vink gets a second chance to beat Alcott on Wednesday, when the pair face off again in the quad doubles final.
Vink and Sam Schroder play Alcott and Heath Davidson for the gold medal.
Alcott is one of the world’s most successful disabled athletes having won a basketball and tennis gold medals, as well as holding the number one quad singles spot in tennis.
He’s also a motivational speaker and dates glamorous sex therapist, Chantelle Otten.
Dylan Alcott is now on track to win the ‘Golden slam’ – all four tennis majors plus Paralympic gold
As well as being a Paralympic legend Dylan Alcott is a motivational speaker and dates glamorous sex therapist, Chantelle Otten
‘He’s half my age, what a little legend he is, Niels.’
‘Niels is a legend, he’s a really good kid as well. I sent him a video for his 18th birthday, how cool is that?’
‘He’s a really nice guy, we hit together all around the world but he absolutely wants to smash me, I know that!’
Alcott, the defending men’s quad singles Paralympic champion, faces Vink’s Dutch team-mate Sam Schroder in the final.
He is also on track to win the ‘Golden slam’ – all four tennis majors plus Paralympic gold.