19 Dec 2013

Wagner, Houdet, Griffioen earn year-end No. 1 rankings

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Photo: Paul ZimmerDavid Wagner (USA)

The ITF announced today that American David Wagner is the year-end world No. 1 wheelchair tennis player for the quad singles and doubles in 2013.

While Shingo Kunieda of Japan and Aniek van Koot of Netherlands are the year-end No. 1 men’s and women’s singles players, Stephane Houdet of France and Jiske Grffioen of Netherlands finish the year at No. 1 in the men’s and women’s wheelchair doubles disciplines respectively.

Wagner finishes 2013 as the year-end world No. 1 quad singles player for the sixth time since 2005 and for the fourth year in succession.

The Californian won a total of 11 quad singles titles on the 2013 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, including the Australian Open, three of the year’s six Super Series titles and six ITF 1 Series titles. Wagner completed the year by winning his sixth NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters quad singles title.

He ends 2013 with a win-loss record of 49-4, his only four losses during the year all coming against current world No. 2 Lucas Sithole of South Africa.

Wagner won 12 quad doubles titles from 13 events during 2013 en route to becoming the year-end No. 1 quad doubles player for the tenth successive year.

Seven of Wagner’s doubles titles during the season came with fellow American Nick Taylor, including the Australian Open and US Open titles and ITF Wheelchair Doubles Masters, which they won as a partnership for the seventh time since 2005.

As well as two Grand Slam titles and the season-ending Doubles Masters, Wagner clinched five Super Series doubles titles and four ITF 1 Series titles and won his12 doubles titles during 2013 with five different partners.

Wagner ends 2013 with a doubles win-loss record of 34-1, having finished a runner-up at the Gauteng Open in South Africa in April. It is the sixth time Wagner has finished as the year-end quad singles and quad doubles world No. 1 in the same year.

“It is great to be honoured as the ITF quad world No. 1 in both singles and doubles and I congratulate Shingo and Aniek for their outstanding year. I want to thank the USTA and the USOC for their continued support of wheelchair tennis. I would also like to thank my family who came to Mission Viejo this November and supported me throughout the singles and doubles masters. I look forward to a wonderful 2014 season.”

Houdet is the year-end men’s doubles No. 1 player for the fifth season in a row after winning 12 doubles titles on the 2013 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, including two Grand Slam titles at Roland Garros and Wimbledon, both of which he won partnering Shingo Kunieda.

He also won five Super Series titles and the men’s doubles title at the ITF Wheelchair Doubles Masters. Houdet also won three ITF 1 Series doubles titles and claimed his 12 doubles titles during the season with five different doubles partners, ending the year with a doubles win-loss record of 48-5.

Griffioen is the year-end world No. 1 women’s doubles player for the fourth time and for the first time since 2008. She won a total of six doubles titles on the 2013 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, all of them with fellow Dutchwoman Aniek van Koot, the year-end No. 1 women’s doubles player in 2012.

Griffioen and van Koot completed a sweep of all four Grand Slam wheelchair women’s doubles titles in 2013, emulating a feat previously achieved by compatriots Korie Homan, Esther Vergeer and Sharon Walraven. Griffioen is one of five Dutchwomen to finish as the year-end women’s doubles No. 1 since 2003.