Dylan Alcott slammed tennis’ wheelchair athlete pay gap

Our new Aussie of the Year Dylan Alcott used his platform to draw attention to the pay disparity between the singles division and the wheelchair division at a time when the mainstream is actually hyping up wheelchair tennis.

This year, the Australian Open has not even publicly disclosed how much wheelchair division tennis players will receive for their efforts in accordance with the Daily mail. Mmm yes, not at all!

Able-bodied singles division competitors receive $103,000 for simply losing in the first round of the tournament. They also receive $25,250 for playing in the first round of Australian Open qualifying matches.

During this time, Alcott says that “we get less than half the first-round loser that able-bodied people get at all slams”.

“It’s much better than it was. We used to have a firm handshake and a cold Powerade. So it’s better, but we have to keep building it so it gets better and better.

Alcott went on to describe the difficulties of flying around the world with the prize money offered in wheelchair tournaments.

“I won the first tournament here and it was like $1,300,” Alcott said.

“How much does a flight from Europe cost, $3,000?”

“It’s not just Australia, it’s all over the world. We don’t get $3.5 million to win.

A common argument in sports pay disputes around the world is something along the lines of “they are paid less because they bring in less money”. To that, Alcott would say, “We deserve to be here. We sell tickets, sponsors make money and people love it.

Alcott played his final at the Rod Laver Arena – Melbourne Park’s biggest stadium and so many people tuned in that Channel 9 even pushed back their evening news coverage to let him in.

Plus, the dude literally drank a beer from his water bottle during a post-game interview. I support him.

Brilliant stuff from Dylan – we’re keeping our fingers crossed that more of the referral money you bring in will come back to you and the other players in your roster. The fair is the fair.

Image: Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images

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