Murray, Djokovic and Federer Back Wheelchair Tennis After US Open Omission

Published 06/19/2020, 7:42 AM EDT


After months of speculation, it was confirmed that the US Open would be taking place. While this was certainly good news for a lot of people, it was not for some. To conduct the tournament, many events like the wheelchair events had to be canceled. Dylan Alcott, a renowned wheelchair player was very unhappy about this but he is happy that players like Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Andy Murray are supporting him. Check it out.

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Support for Wheelchair Tennis at the US Open

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In a recent talk with the Today Show, Dylan Alcott talked about how he is not happy with the US Open’s decision. He also said that he understands that there is a lot going on in the world. But he feels that the decision should be left up to people like him.

He went on to talk about how the big names in tennis are actually supporting wheelchair tennis. He said,

“I actually spoke to Andy Murray on the phone for 30 minutes last night, he’s publicly this morning backed us wheelchair tennis players online, which is awesome. I know a lot of the top players, the likes of Federer and Novak are reaching out internally to try and help because they love wheelchair tennis as well.”

Dylan did not just thank Andy Murray on the show, he also thanked him in a recent tweet. Check out his tweet below.

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Many people will be happy to hear that the top tennis players are supporting wheelchair tennis. But there are some people who believe Alcott is wrong in his statements as other events were also canceled. He responded to them in a recent tweet by making some extremely good points. He said,

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“A lot of people telling me the US Open not having wheelies isn’t discrimination because juniors and mixed also canceled. Well, mixed players can still play same-sex doubles, and juniors can still play main draw (like legends Coco Gauff).”

Wheelchair tennis is important for a lot of people. And with people supporting this form of tennis, we should see the US Open include it when the tournament starts on August 31st.

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Rishi Karthikeyan

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