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

Shingo Kunieda becomes Men’s Wheelchair World Champion for the fifth time after regaining the year-end world No. 1 ranking. The 29-year-old reached the finals of all three Grand Slam singles events in 2013, winning his 14th major title at the Australian Open.

He also won the season-ending NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters to finish the year with a total of seven titles and a 41-7 win-loss record.

Kunieda said: “I am proud that this marks my fifth time as ITF World Champion, which gives me great confidence for the next season. It is always one of my goals to be world champion, and I will try my best to retain the title next year.”

Kunieda will receive his 2013 award at the ITF World Champions Dinner in Paris on 3 June 2014.

Honour roll

- 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

Aniek van Koot follows her compatriot Esther Vergeer as Women’s Wheelchair World Champion, having come out on top in a year-long battle with Germany’s Sabine Ellerbrock for the No. 1 ranking.

The 23-year-old captured two of the three Grand Slam singles titles, at the Australian Open and US Open, and also achieved the doubles Grand Slam with another Dutchwoman Jiske Griffioen. She also led Netherlands to victory in the BNP Paribas World Team Cup.

Van Koot said: “Never could I have imagined to be the best of the world in something. Therefore it gives me great pleasure that it's in wheelchair tennis, my biggest passion.”

Van Koot will receive her 2013 award at the ITF World Champions Dinner in Paris on 3 June 2014.

Honour roll

- 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)



2014 WORLD CHAMPIONS' DINNER

  • Aniek van Koot (NED), Alexander Zverev (GER), Belinda Bencic (SUI) and Shingo Kunieda (JPN) at the ITF World Champions' Dinner The awards at the ITF World Champions' Dinner
  • Alexander Zverev (GER) and Belinda Bencic (SUI) at the ITF World Champions' Dinner ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti at the ITF World Champions' Dinner
  • The Philippe Chatrier Awards and the World CHampions' Awards at the ITF World Champions' Dinner Philippe Chatrier Award winners Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge (AUS) at the ITF World Champions' Dinner
  • Belinda Bencic (SUI) at the ITF World Champions' Dinner Aniek van Koot (NED) at the ITF World Champions' Dinner
  • Shingo Kunieda (JPN) at the ITF World Champions' Dinner Belinda Bencic (SUI) at the ITF World Champions' Dinner
  • Shingo Kunieda (JPN) at the ITF World Champions' Dinner  Alexander Zverev (GER) at the World Champions' Dinner

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