By Gary Anderson

January 10 - Dylan Alcott is looking to swap wheelchair basketball success for glory on the tennis courts ©Getty Images Australia's Dylan Alcott goes into this weekend's International Tennis Federation (ITF) Sydney International Open in good form and looking to carry on where he left off in Auckland earlier this week where he claimed victory in the Perry New Zealand Wheelchair Tennis Open, his first quad singles event.

Alcott took the title at the Albany Tennis Centre with three straight-set wins over home players James McLeod, Richard Page and Chris Harvey and will head to the Olympic Park in Sydney in confident mood for the tournament which runs from today until Monday (January 14).

The 23-year-old is no stranger to success on the international stage and he achieved the ultimate goal of becoming Paralympic champion at Beijing 2008 when he was part of the Australian wheelchair basketball side that claimed gold and followed that up with a silver medal at London 2012.

But Alcott has always had ambitions of making a mark on the wheelchair tennis scene and his victory in New Zealand has earned him a wildcard spot for the upcoming Australian Open in his home city of Melbourne, which gets underway on January 22.

"Back when I was playing tennis as a kid, all I wanted to do was play in the Australian Open," Alcott told

"It's going to be so cool, especially playing in my home town of Melbourne.

"I'm actually getting a bit nervous with all my friends and family coming down but I cannot wait.

"I've already had a taste of what it will be like playing in Brisbane and now Sydney because the wheelchair competition runs alongside the able-bodied, so it's really cool to be able to sit down and have lunch and bump into guys like Roger Federer."

Alcott has not competed in wheelchair basketball since London 2012 and is determined to make a mark in tennis, having already represented Australia in the sport at four World Team Cups and was ranked fourth in the world junior standings before switching to basketball.

Alcott began his sporting career on the tennis court and reached number four in the wheelchair tennis junior rankings ©Getty Images Alcott began his sporting career on the tennis court and reached number four in the wheelchair tennis junior rankings ©Getty Images

"I just want to do what makes me happy and stick to that, and right now that's tennis," Alcott said.

"I'm taking the Australian Open very seriously, I've been training six days a week and playing with the basketball team has taught me how to train and that if you're going to do something then you do it properly.

"Right now I'm looking to enjoy my tennis."

Joining Alcott in Sydney will be compatriots Adam Kellerman and Ben Weekes, who competed at London 2012, as well as triple Paralympic champion and reigning Australian Open champion Shingo Kunieda of Japan.

Kellerman will also be in confident mood after claiming victory at last week's Queensland Open in Brisbane, where he defeated Alcott on his way to taking the title.

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