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Nick Taylor in action at Rio 2016.

Paralympic tennis player refuses to shake hands after defeat

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Australia's pair of Dylan Alcott and Heath Davidson came through in three sets against the USA to win the wheelchair tennis in Rio last night.

Their American opponents Nick Taylor and David Wagner were three time defending champions and looked to be on their way to a fourth straight title after taking the first set 6-4.

However, a spirited fightback by childhood friends Alcott and Davidson saw them overcome double breaks in both the second and third sets to take the match 4-6 6-4 7-5, and win Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal in quad doubles wheelchair tennis.

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The Aussies grew up together in Melbourne and world number one Alcott commented: “He’s one of my best mates since I was 10 and to look at him on the court, so pumped up when I hit a winner, it just gives me that fire to go out there and dominate,”.

The Paralympics is full of inspiring stories such as this and sportsmanship is a staple of the Games, but clearly nobody relayed that to Taylor, who did not take the loss well to say the least.

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36-year-old Taylor and his partner have won a mass of titles together, including three previous gold medals, and more than a dozen Grand Slams, so they're clearly not used to losing that often.

Despite Wagner doing the gracious thing and shaking his opponents' hands and offering them congratulations, Taylor decided to push straight past both Australians without extending his hand or even looking at them.

Taylor's antics after the game were picked up by Channel 4 programme The Last Leg, and host Adam Hills, was quick to comment on the American's lack of sportsmanship.

You can see the video below.

Hardly the kind actions that would be expected of a three-time champion, and especially not in the world's most spirited form of competition. 

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