‘I’ve Made Her Very Proud’ – Quadchair Legend Dylan Alcott Details Teary Moment With Mother Upon Meeting Queen Elizabeth

Published 06/06/2022, 6:50 AM EDT

Dylan Alcott is one of the most renowned names in tennis. Despite suffering from a disability, the Australian has continued to excite crowds throughout his career. Alcott is the Australian of the Year in 2022 and was awarded an Officer of the Order (AO) in the Australia Day Honors List.

This is the first time a person with a visible disability has been handed out this distinguished award. Alcott announced his retirement after the 2022 Australian Open final, with a career resume like no other.

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Alcott reveals mother’s reaction to meeting the Queen

In a new video, her Majesty joins Alcott over a video-conference call before the Platinum Jubilee weekend, celebrating 70 years of the Queen’s reign. Alcott was introduced by Governor-General David Hurley. The Australian said, “Hi, your Majesty, thanks for coming to chat to us, this is awesome.”

 

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He went on to reveal that his mother broke down after hearing the news. “How cool’s that? I think I’ve made her very proud as well. A real honor for me to be here today, thank you”.
“I just want to use my platform to shine a light on that to help employment opportunities, help people get out there and live the lives that they want to live,” he added.
The call also happens to be exactly 34 years after the inauguration of the Parliament House in Canberra. Alcott was also present with fellow winners, Dr. Daniel Nour, Shanna Whan, and Valmai Dempsey.

Dylan Alcott: The Paralympic tennis legend

The 31-year-old has won 15 Grand Slam titles in his career, including winning all four in a single calendar year. Alcott was first seen as part of the national paralympic basketball team, winning silver at the 2012 Paralympic games.
Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games – Wheelchair Tennis – Quad Singles Semifinal – Ariake Tennis Park, Tokyo, Japan – August 31, 2021. Dylan Alcott of Australia celebrates winning his match against Niels Vink of the Netherlands. REUTERS/Thomas Peter TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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He followed up by claiming the No. 1 ranking in his class, while also winning gold in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Alcott is the only man in tennis to win a Golden Slam – all four Majors and Paralympic gold in the same year.

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Alcott also runs the Dylan Alcott Foundation and shares the stories of people with disabilities on his podcast. He will surely go down as one of the sporting legends of Australia.

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Mario Fernandes is a Formula 1 writer at EssentiallySports. He has completed his graduation in Mathematics, followed by a Post Graduation Diploma in Journalism. Mario has been a sportsman and a sports fan from a very young age and has represented his school and college in sports like soccer, tennis, and cricket at the district level.

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