Dylan Alcott will defend his Paralympics titles in the quad singles and quad doubles events ©Getty Images

Australia’s team of four for the wheelchair tennis at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics has been announced, including two reigning Paralympic champions in Dylan Alcott and Heath Davidson.

Ben Weekes will appear at his fifth Paralympics, with Martyn Dunn making his debut at the event.

Alcott won two golds at Rio de Janeiro in 2016, triumphing in the quad singles and teaming up with Davidson to clinch the quad doubles event.

Since then, the pair has won the last four Australian Opens in the quad doubles.

Alcott described the opportunity to compete in Tokyo as "a privilege".

He said: "I’m very grateful I get to do my job while so many people can’t in Australia and around the world.

"I just feel lucky to be able to have a crack and represent my family and my country the best that I can."

Alcott is also excited at the prospects for the Australian team when the Paralympics begin next month.

"The team’s looking great," he added.

"Ben Weekes is going to his fifth Games.

"It’s incredible.

"Then there’s Marty going to his first Games.

"He’s really come a long way.

"He only had his accident not too long ago, so to see him at the Paralympics is pretty cool.

Alcott and Davidson have won the last four Australian Opens in the quad doubles since triumphing at Rio 2016 ©Getty Images
Alcott and Davidson have won the last four Australian Opens in the quad doubles since triumphing at Rio 2016 ©Getty Images

"Heath’s my doubles partner but also one of my best mates off the court.

"What athlete gets to perform on the world stage with their best mate?

"I get to do that, which I feel very lucky about.

"I think it’s all about perspective and my perspective is that I feel awesome and I feel grateful for the opportunity."

Davidson added that he felt "honoured" and is "really just looking forward to going over there and taking in the experience like I did in Rio and hopefully just play some good tennis."

Weekes, now 36, has competed at every Paralympics since his debut at Athens 2004, featuring in the men’s singles and doubles competitions at the last three.

He hopes the four players will inspire Australians to take up wheelchair tennis, particularly with a home Paralympics now on the cards.

"Every Games is different, with different obstacles to overcome," Weekes said.

"It’s always a good adventure.

"Obviously Dylan’s got a massive following so I think it’ll be good for everyone to get a look at the other Aussies on our team, as well at the Games.

"It’s good for people to know that there’s a whole range of disabilities that can play.

"The more people know about that, the more we can increase participation.

"Already we’ve got so many young kids coming up, a great bunch of juniors coming through the ranks.

"I think, with Brisbane 2032, it’s going to be really good motivation for the young kids to see us and know they can kick start their own dream."

Weekes is heading to his fifth Paralympic Games ©Getty Images
Weekes is heading to his fifth Paralympic Games ©Getty Images

Completing the Australian team is 28-year-old Dunn, a Paralympic debutant who will partner Davidson in the men’s doubles event.

The duo won the Queensland Wheelchair Tennis Open title together in 2019.

Davidson says they have been "working on building our partnership," while Dunn is excited about the opportunity that awaits this summer.

"For me to play wheelchair tennis for Australia is indescribable," he commented.

"Over five and a half years ago, I had a motorbike accident that left me disabled, although I never really felt disabled.

"Being a carpenter I didn't know where my life would go, so I developed a passion for wheelchair tennis and to be able to compete at the Paralympics in a sport I love is again indescribable.

"Every positive word in the dictionary goes with how I am feeling.

"I am looking forward to going through the whole process.

"It’s my first ever Paralympics so I don't want to get too emotionally attached to going, I just want to ride the whole thing and enjoy every minute of it."

Australia’s Chef de Mission Kate McLoughlin believes the four will prove strong representatives of Australia in wheelchair tennis.

"This is a really great group of players," she said.

"Ben’s got vast experience, he understands the demands of a Paralympic campaign and I love that he’s sharing that knowledge with Marty, who’s just starting out at this level.

"The other pair, Dylan and Heath, have had such incredible success and I know they’re extremely determined to keep the quad doubles and singles titles in Australian hands.

"I can’t wait to support our wheelchair tennis squad as they aim to produce their best in Tokyo."

The chief executive of Paralympics Australia, Lynne Anderson, added: "Since wheelchair tennis became a medal sport in 1992, Australia’s won three gold medals, five silver and three bronze, which really puts our two gold medals in Rio into perspective.

"It was a great campaign at the last Games and I’m backing Dylan, Ben, Heath and Marty to do a great job for Australia this time around.

"Congratulations to the athletes and thank you to Tennis Australia for all you’ve done to support them along this pathway."

Alcott and Davidson became Australia’s first Paralympic medallists in wheelchair tennis since David Hall, who finished on the podium in the men’s singles and doubles competitions at Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004.

He won gold in the men’s singles on home turf in 2000.

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympics is scheduled to take place from August 24 to September 5.