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Alcott one win away from immortality

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On Monday morning (AEST), Alcott could become just the second person, after Steffi Graf, to win the US Open, Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and an Olympic or Paralympic gold medal in a single calendar year.Watch Live Coverage of the 2021 US Open from Round 1 to the Finals with ESPN on Kayo. New to Kayo? Try 14-Days Free Now >The world number one beat Japan’s Koji Sugeno in straight sets (6-2, 6-1) on Sunday morning (AEST) and advanced to the US Open quad wheelchair final, where he will meet Niels Vink of the Netherlands.Alcott came nailbitingly close to achieving a calendar Grand Slam once before in his career. In 2019, he triumphed at the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon but lost to Andrew Lapthorne in the US Open final. Given 2019 was not a Paralympic year, Alcott has had to wait until 2021 to make a play for the golden slam.History had threatened to repeat itself — Lapthorne was on the cusp of advancing to the final at the US Open but was defeated by Vink in the semi-finals overnight.Alcott has already felt Vink’s wrath at Flushing Meadows this year.On Sunday morning (AEST), he and doubles partner Heath Davidson met Vink and countryman Sam Schroder in the wheelchair quad doubles final but lost in straight sets.Schroder and Vink previously beat Alcott and Davidson in the gold medal match at the Tokyo Paralympics.Women’s wheelchair tennis star Diede de Groot of the Netherlands is also approaching a golden slam, having won gold at Tokyo and lifted the trophy at this year’s three previous grand slam tournaments.She will face Yui Kamiji in the wheelchair women’s singles final.

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