Wheelchair tennis champion Dylan Alcott has taken to Twitter to reveal he’s a personal pen pal of Prince Harry, but the pair may already be too close.
The sixth in line to the throne praised the wheelchair tennis champion for his Wimbledon win and most popular new talent award at the Logies.
He also praised Alcott for his work “raising awareness and changing perceptions of disability”.
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But the letter then takes a bizarre left turn, as the royal hilariously checks in on his underwear situation.
Now it’s unusual twist to the letter but Alcott also doesn’t let on how close the pair are.
It is nice to know the Duke of Sussex checks out the Logies and keeps an eye out for how the Aussies are going, but he may just be a bit too interested.
The letter reads:
I wanted to pass on my congratulations for your recent win at Wimbledon and your most popular new talent award!
Thank you for the special contribution that you made to sharing the stories of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women on the Invictus Games Today show.
Your achievements are extraordinary, and the impact you have had in raising awareness and changing perceptions of disability is really inspiring.
I wish you the very best of luck for the future, on-air and on-court!
All the best, Harry
PS – I’m wondering if you wore your Invictus Games budgie smugglers on the big night to accept it? Mine have come in handy in this recent UK heatwave!”
Now we all have the picture of a sweaty Harry sitting around Kensington Palace in nothing but his budgie smugglers — thanks for that, your majesty!
Alcott won the Wimbledon title in mid-July for his ninth wheelchair Grand Slam title, including third straight this year as he nears a calendar Grand Slam.
Alcott thrashed Britain’s Andy Lapthorne, the third seed, with whom he had won the doubles event 24 hours earlier, 6-0 6-2.
Alcott said after that match that he had been hoping to “smoke” his partner and he did just that, dropping just two games on Court 12.
“Dream come true to be here. Wearing the whites, strawberries and cream, everyone drinking Pimm’s. It was so cool,” Alcott said. “Am I allowed to say Pimm’s? I did anyway.”
Two-time Paralympic silver medallist Lapthorne was staring at a dreaded double- bagel at 6-0 5-0, but he managed to get two games on the board before Alcott wrapped up victory.
Alcott, who won a Logie two weeks ago for Australian TV’s best new talent, said winning Wimbledon topped that.
“I’m trending on Twitter at home. Like, you know, the AFL is on at the moment, and the NRL. I’m trending with them,” he said. “People care and watch now. I love that, you know what I mean? So cool.”
The 28-year-old said it was a thrill to be putting wheelchair tennis in the spotlight.
“You get big crowds in Australia. At the Australian Open, it’s amazing. There was a full stadium at Wimbledon on grass watching,” Alcott said.
Quad wheelchair tennis made its competitive debut at Wimbledon having appeared last year as an exhibition event.
— with AAP