'How the hell': Australian Open called out over Barty and Alcott drama

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Ash Barty (pictured right) looking on during her Australian Open match and Dylan Alcott (pictured left) celebrating a point.
Ash Barty (pictured right) and Dylan Alcott (pictured left) took to the court at the same time at the Australian Open, which annoyed some fans. (Getty Images)

Aussie World No.1s Ash Barty and Dylan Alcott both enjoyed victories at the Australian Open on Sunday, but fans were left frustrated at the scheduling after they were being shown at the same time.

Barty delivered an impressive performance against American prodigy Amanda Anisimova to win 6-4, 6-3 on Rod Laver Arena.

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However, fans at home pointed out that both Australian World No.1s and fan favourites were scheduled at the same time, meaning they couldn't watch both.

At the same time on Kia Arena, World No.1 Quad Wheelchair player Alcott was in the quarter-final against rival Niels Vink.

In front of another raucous Aussie crowd, Alcott overcome a first set loss to win 6-7, 6-4, 6-2.

The tennis great is playing in his final Australian Open and the fans certainly made their support known during the brilliant contest.

However, fans at home pointed out that both Australian World No.1s and fan favourites were on court at the same time.

Tennis fans took to social media to express their disappointment over the timing of the scheduling, especially on what could have been Alcott's final Australian Open appearance if he had lost.

On another note, it was a good day for the Australians with Barty, Alcott and the 'Special K' duo of Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis all winning their matches.

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The World No.1 was overcome with joy after winning his match and took a moment to thank the crowd for their support.

Alcott will end his career with 23 (or 24) Grand Slam titles, 15 of those in singles, as well as five Paralympic medals - three in tennis and two in basketball.

The 30-year-old had an incredible season in 2021, winning a Golden Slam of four major titles plus Paralympic gold.

Alcott's rise has brought wheelchair tennis to prominence in Australia, with the likes of Todd Woodbridge praising the grand slam champion for his tireless work to promote the sport and raise awareness.

Alcott is chasing a record eighth consecutive Australian Open triumph in 2022.

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