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Diede de Groot becomes first player to complete gold slam in wheelchair tennis


The Dutch seed defeated second seed Yui Kamiji of Japan 6-3 6-2 in the women’s match at Louis Armstrong Stadium in what was a repeat of the gold medal match at the earlier Tokyo Paralympics. this month.

“For a long time that wasn’t possible because Wimbledon didn’t have a singles event. For a few years now they have it… it’s just great to see the tour and the professionalism increase every year.” , De Groot told reporters.

“To be the first to get this title is so special. I don’t think I’ll ever forget it.”

Shortly after Sunday, Australian seed Dylan Alcott also won a gold slam in his respective event, beating Dutchman Niels Vink 7-5 6-2 in the wheelchair quad final.

Alcott is the first male wheelchair tennis player to win a gold slam.

Also on Sunday, Novak Djokovic missed a calendar year slam in the US Open men’s final when he lost to Daniil Medvedev in a battle between the top two seeds. World number 2 Medvedev won his first Grand Slam title, beating world number 1 Djokovic in straight sets.

Djokovic was looking to win a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title and finish the first Grand Slam on the men’s calendar – winning the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open in the same year – since Rod Laver in 1969.

Djokovic missed the chance to win a gold slam when he was knocked out in the Olympic semi-final by future gold medalist Alexander Zverev before losing the bronze medal match to Pablo Carreno Busta.

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