Photo: Vincent Van Doornick/Philippe BuissinDavid Wagner (USA)
David Wagner of USA and Aniek van Koot of Netherlands have joined ITF Wheelchair World Champions Esther Vergeer and Stephane Houdet in securing year-end No. 1 rankings in singles or doubles. Wagner is the No. 1 quad player in both singles and doubles, while van Koot has earned the women's doubles top ranking. Houdet adds the men's doubles No. 1 ranking to his top ranking in singles.
Wagner finishes 2012 as the year-end world No. 1 quad singles player for the fifth time since 2005 and for the third year in succession.
He won a total of seven quad singles titles on the 2012 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, including three of the year’s six Super Series titles, while ending the season by winning the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters quad title for the fifth time. He was also the quad singles silver medallist at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Wagner also won nine quad doubles titles during 2012 en route to becoming the year-end No. 1 quad doubles player for the ninth successive year.
Six of Wagner’s doubles titles during the season came with fellow American Nick Taylor, with whom Wagner won a third successive Paralympic quad doubles gold at London 2012 before they also went on to win the quad title at the Invacare Doubles Masters for the sixth time since 2005.
It is the fifth time Wagner has been the year-end world No. 1 quad singles and quad doubles player in the same year.
Houdet is the year-end men’s doubles No. 1 player for the fourth season in a row after winning five doubles titles on the 2012 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, including four Super Series titles and the Invacare Doubles Masters title.
He also won the men’s doubles bronze medal at the London 2012 Paralympics and helped France win the BNP Paribas World Team Cup men’s title.
Houdet was recently announced as ITF Wheelchair Tennis World Champion and this is the first year that he has won both honours in the same season.
Van Koot is the year-end world No. 1 women’s doubles player for the first time and is the fifth Dutchwoman to win the award since 2003.
She won seven doubles titles on the 2012 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, six of those titles coming with fellow Dutchwoman Jiske Griffioen, including the Wimbledon title and the Invacare Doubles Masters title.
Van Koot and Griffioen were also the women’s doubles silver medallists at the London 2012 Paralympics.
After a landmark year in which he won his first Super Series title at the Japan Open and made his world top 10 senior debut, 18-year-old men's singles world No. 5 Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina is the year-end No. 1 ranked player in the junior boys' ranking.
Yui Kamiji of Japan, who made her Grand Slam debut in 2012 and, like Fernandez, also made her Paralympic Games debut at London 2012, is the year-end No. 1 ranked player in the junior girls' ranking at the end of a year in which she also reached a career best senior women's singles world ranking of No. 6.