Alcott prompts US Open wheelchair backflip

Dylan Alcott's criticism has helped get wheelchair tennis reinstated to this year's US Open

Dylan Alcott's savage spray had the desired effect with US Open organisers backflipping to reinstate wheelchair tennis at this year's coronavirus-compromised grand slam event.

The United States Tennis Association's announcement comes five days after the national governing body said it was rethinking their decision and that it could have better communicated with wheelchair athletes.

"The decision was made following multiple virtual meetings with a group of wheelchair athletes and the International Tennis Federation over the last week," the USTA said in a statement.

"The 2020 US Open Wheelchair Competition will feature men's and women's singles and doubles and quad singles and doubles, with draw sizes similar to past US Opens."

Australia's 10-time wheelchair grand slam singles champion Alcott had led the player backlash describing the exclusion as "disgusting discrimination".

He was delighted by the backflip.

"I was in tears (when the event was excluded)," two-time US Open champion Alcott said on Nine.

"It was just because it was so hard sometimes, growing up with a disability, where able-bodied people decide which restaurant you go in to, which school you go in to, which tennis tournaments you can play.

"It's a huge turning point to show how supportive a community can be and from the bottom of my heart, I can't say thanks enough."

The reinstatement of wheelchair tennis comes after organisers had excluded it, along with qualifying and the mixed doubles and juniors competitions and reduced the number of teams in the men's and women's doubles events by half.

There will also be no spectators at the event.

The moves were made to limit player numbers at the venue in order to mitigate the risk of players catching Covid-19.