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This Wheelchair Tennis Champion Slams Pay Disparity Between Disabled And Able-Bodied Players

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Dylan Alcott has criticised the pay disparity between disabled and able-bodied winners of the Australian Open tennis event.

The 31-year-old hoped to win his eighth Australian Open title earlier than retiring from tennis.

However, his purpose sadly wasn’t realised, and he misplaced to Sam Schröder within the males’s quad singles ultimate on Rod Laver Arena on Thursday (27 January) in straight units 7-5 6-0.

The incapacity advocate, who was named Australian of the Year final week, has now hit out on the pay divide between the singles and wheelchair winners and stated inequalities nonetheless have to be addressed within the sport.

As reported by, winners of the lads’s and ladies’s singles trophies at Melbourne Park every earn AU $2.875 million (£1.4m), whereas the runners-up get AU $1.575 million (£820k).

Meanwhile, semi-finalists take house AU $895,000 (£467,000) and rivals who misplaced within the first spherical nonetheless bag AU $103,000 (£54,000).

Alcott stated: “I won the lead-in tournament here and it was like $1,300. How much is a flight from Europe, $3,000?

“It’s not just Australia, it’s all around the world. We don’t get $3.5 million for winning.

“We get less than half the first-round loser ($103,000) that the able-bodied get at all slams.

“That’s way better than it was. We used to get a firm handshake and a cold Powerade. So it’s better, but we’ve got to keep building it so it gets better and better.”

The wheelchair tennis champion went on to say that the game nonetheless has a method to go to supply the identical rights and alternatives to all gamers.

Alcott continued: “We have the best Paralympic sport in the world because of the integration with the able-bodied tour. It’s unbelievable. And we do a poor job of leveraging that all year.

“But people internally sometimes don’t do as good a job to understand how good the product is.

“People think we’re lucky to be here; get stuffed. We deserve to be here. We’re selling tickets, sponsors are making money and people are loving it.

“So start thinking like that and then it will all change. That’s what I was lucky enough to do.”

LADbible has contacted Tennis Australia, which manages the Australian Open, for a remark relating to the alleged pay disparity.

Following his newest efficiency on the Australian Open, Alcott fronted the media to reply all kinds of questions on his glittering profession on the court docket, in addition to how he felt about his ultimate efficiency.

Alcott talked about how his first skilled match was performed in entrance of solely a handful of spectators.

However, on Thursday his ultimate match was performed in entrance of a packed area at Melbourne Park with one million folks watching on TV.

To drive house simply how far he has come since that first recreation, he acquired a message from Andy Murray.

“This just sums up how it’s changed,” he stated. “I hope he doesn’t mind this but Andy Murray just messaged me: ‘I don’t know if I’ve articulated that well but you’re an absolute rock star and inspiration. Thanks for everything that you’ve done.’

“That kills me. Makes me wish to cry. Special. Like you are simply aside of it… they do not even care you are in a wheelchair.

“They don’t give a s***. Sorry to swear. It’s special. So nice. It’s like that everywhere. I never thought that would happen, like it’s cool. It’s really cool.

“That’s higher than successful a tennis event. There’s a legend of the game getting round wheelchair tennis.”

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