Dylan Alcott has once again reigned supreme in Sydney, winning his fourth title in a row at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre to begin his 2018 season on a perfect note.
Having already combined with fellow Aussie Heath Davidson to win the doubles crown, No.2 seed Alcott triumphed in the singles finale over world No.1 David Wagner of the United States on Saturday.
The 3-6 6-4 6-4 win took his winning streak in the Harbour City to 11, after he earlier in the week dropped just five games collectively against Mitsuteru Moroishi and Lucas Sithole en route to the final.
“I love that court, I love Sydney. I don’t know why I enjoy playing on that court so much but it was great to get the win – I made it a bit hard for myself but I was stoked that it all came through in the end,” Alcott said.
“We (Wagner and I) have played about 40 or 50 finals over the last four or five years of my career … so it was good to get the win, especially leading into the Aussie Open.
“I would have loved it if it was Heath that I was playing in the final, my doubles partner, but unfortunately he lost in the semis. But he’s playing awesome tennis and we won the doubles as well. So we had a good week.”
Alcott in 2017 was relatively inactive on tour, playing just five tournaments as he pursued off-court interests.
These included his radio show on broadcast nationally on Triple J, setting up a foundation and the establishment of his company Get Skilled Access, which provides training for improving accessibility for Australians with a disability.
Alcott said that although he would continue to focus on those projects, he’d be playing “a lot more tennis” in 2018.
“I’m still gonna do to do all those things but I make sure that I keep up the tennis,” he said.
“So obviosuly the plan for the summer is to win the Australian Open – I’m trying to go four in row. I love the Australian Open. Although I love playing in Sydney too.”
Each year he’s won the Australian Open, it’s been preceded by the Sydney International title.
“There’s a big correlation there – you cannot deny it,” he said.
“It’s a great tournament, Sydney, especially to get the match play – it’s so important to get matches under your belt, and I (now) feel a lot more confident than I did a week ago. So it was great to be there.”
In the men’s singles final, seventh seed and former world No.1 Shingo Kunieda defeated Britain’s Alfie Hewitt 6-4 6-4, while the women’s singles event was won by No.1 seed Yui Kamiji, who overcame fifth seed Aniek Van Koot 3-6 6-2 6-3.