Tennis world loses it over Dylan Alcott act after US Open triumph

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Dylan Alcott (pictured left) pouring a beer into his US Open trophy and (pictured right) celebrating after chugging the beer.
Dylan Alcott (pictured) won over the US Open crowd after chugging a beer after his historic golden slam win. (Images: US Open)

Dylan Alcott created wheelchair tennis history on Sunday after becoming the first man to win the 'Golden Slam' by sweeping all four majors and the Paralympic title in one year.

The Aussie superstar took out the US Open title to complete the rare feat and then won the crowd over during the men's final between Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev.

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Alcott came up against youngster Niels Vink in the wheelchair final, but the 30-year-old Melburnian outplayed the teen 7-5, 6-2 in an hour and a quarter to lift his 15th grand slam singles crown.

The Australian made history and capped off an unprecedented year in men's wheelchair tennis in New York.

However, the Aussie wasn't done winning over the crowd.

During the men's final match between Djokovic and Medvedev, the Australian appeared on the big screen as his achievement was recognised.

And the 30-year-old took the chance to celebrate his achievement with a good old-fashioned beer chug out of his trophy.

Pouring his Heineken into a cup, the Australian powered down his beer to a raucous cheer from the crowd.

"He is an Aussie," the commentator said, followed by a laugh.

Alcott's celebration earned an enormous roar from the crowd and fans back home showered the Golden slam winner with praise for his achievement on and off the court.

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Dylan Alcott achieves tennis immortality

Remarkably, Dutchwoman Diede de Groot also achieved the same 'Golden Slam' in the women's wheelchair singles, beating Japan's Yui Kamiji 6-3, 6-2 in a repeat of the gold medal match at the Tokyo Paralympics.

The pair became the first to achieve the Golden Slam in wheelchair tennis, and second after Steffi Graf in 1988.

Alcott was left choked with emotion after becoming the first man in any form of tennis to earn the coveted achievement.

The 30-year-old looked close to tears as he admitted that this could have been his farewell to Flushing Meadows.

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If it is the last time the New York slam sees this remarkable Australian entertainer in action, Alcott was happy to leave them with a typically effervescent farewell.

"Thanks for making the dreams of a young fat disabled kid with a really bad haircut come true because I cant believe I just did it!" he told the Louis Armstrong Stadium crowd.

"I just can't believe I just won the golden slam!"

After praising Vink for pushing him to a new level, Alcott told the crowd: "I used to hate myself so much, I hated my disability, I didnt even want to be here any more and then I found tennis and it changed and saved my life.

"And now I'm the only male in any form of tennis to win the golden slam, which is pretty cool."

Alcott has won 20 of his 21 matches this season and a 15th singles grand slam but is considering his future after achieving something unsurpassable.

with AAP

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