Wheelchair



Brad Parks, one of the co-founders of the game, and Chantal Vandierendonck were the first ITF World Champions for wheelchair tennis in 1991. In more recent times, Shingo Kunieda and Esther Vergeer have ruled the roost.


Men

As ITF World Champion for the seventh time, Shingo Kunieda is now the most decorated man in the wheelchair men’s category. The Japanese had another outstanding season, collecting seven titles on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, including all three Grand Slam singles titles, and achieving a 30-2 singles win-loss record.

Kunieda said: “I am really happy to be World Champion for the seventh time and set a new record. I am grateful for the support of my team who have helped me a lot this year, and my goal is now to win my third consecutive gold medal at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.”

Kunieda will receive his 2015 award at the ITF World Champions Dinner in Paris on 31 May 2016.

Honour roll

- 2015: Shingo Kunieda (JPN)
- 2014: Shingo Kunieda (JPN)
- 2013: Shingo Kunieda (JPN)
- 2012: Stephane Houdet (FRA)
- 2011: Maikel Scheffers (NED)
- 2010: Shingo Kunieda (JPN)
- 2009: Shingo Kunieda (JPN)
- 2008: Shingo Kunieda (JPN)
- 2007: Shingo Kunieda (JPN)
- 2006: Robin Ammerlaan (NED)
- 2005: Michael Jeremiasz (FRA)
- 2004: David Hall (AUS)
- 2003: David Hall (AUS)
- 2002: David Hall (AUS)
- 2001: Ricky Molier (NED)
- 2000: David Hall (AUS)
- 1999: Steven Welch (USA)
- 1998: David Hall (AUS)
- 1997: Ricky Molier (NED)
- 1996: Ricky Molier (NED)
- 1995: David Hall (AUS)
- 1994: Laurent Giammartini (FRA)
- 1993: Kai Schrameyer (GER)
- 1992: Laurent Giammartini (FRA)
- 1991: Randy Snow (USA)


Women

Jiske Griffioen had a breakthrough 2015, winning her first Grand Slam wheelchair singles title at the Australian Open, and following up with a second major title at Roland Garros.

Having been ranked continuously in the Top 5 since September 2010, the 30-year-old finally reached the top spot in June and stayed there for the rest of the year.

Griffioen said: "It was an amazing year for me. In January I won my first Grand Slam singles title, and then in June won my second Grand Slam title and took over the World No. 1 ranking for the first time in my career. This was a great reward for a lot of hard work.”

Griffioen will receive her 2015 award at the ITF World Champions Dinner in Paris on 31 May 2016.

Honour roll

- 2015: Jiske Griffioen (NED)
- 2014: Yui Kamiji (JPN)
- 2013: Aniek van Koot (NED)
- 2012: Esther Vergeer (NED)
- 2011: Esther Vergeer (NED)
- 2010: Esther Vergeer (NED)
- 2009: Esther Vergeer (NED)
- 2008: Esther Vergeer (NED)
- 2007: Esther Vergeer (NED)
- 2006: Esther Vergeer (NED)
- 2005: Esther Vergeer (NED)
- 2004: Esther Vergeer (NED)
- 2003: Esther Vergeer (NED)
- 2002: Esther Vergeer (NED)
- 2001: Esther Vergeer (NED)
- 2000: Esther Vergeer (NED)
- 1999: Daniela di Toro (AUS)
- 1998: Daniela di Toro (AUS)
- 1997: Chantal Vandierendonck (NED)
- 1996: Chantal Vandierendonck (NED)
- 1995: Monique Kalkman (NED)
- 1994: Monique Kalkman (NED)
- 1993: Monique Kalkman (NED)
- 1992: Monique Kalkman (NED)
- 1991: Chantal Vandierendonck (NED)



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