US Open 2020 To Reconsider Wheelchair Event Participation


A few days ago, organizers of the 2020 edition of the US Open 2020 announced their event will take place on August 31 to September 13, 2020. To abide by the new norms and limiting the number of people in a particular area as a result of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the organizers have taken down the wheelchair, mixed doubles, and junior events from its tournament.

Dylan Alcott, the top-ranked quads men’s wheelchair tennis player in the world, called out the U.S. Open this week for what he described as “disgusting discrimination,” and Tennis Australia has his back. Alcott, a two-time U.S. Open winner, slammed event organizers this week after the USTA announced plans for the event - which excluded fans, minus qualifiers, juniors, mixed doubles and wheelchair events. That excludes Alcott’s division.

“Unfortunately I missed the only thing that mattered, being able to walk,” Alcott wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. “And please do not tell me I am a ‘greater risk’ [of contracting COVID-19] because I am disabled. I am disabled yes, but that does not make me sick. I am fitter and healthier than nearly everybody reading this right now. There are no added risks.”

We support Dylan as well as every wheelchair tennis player that has been denied the honor to play. At Every Wheel Carry, we have all of your backs.

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