11 Jun 2014

Reigning champions head Wimbledon entries


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Photo: Corinne DubreuilJiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot (NED)

The entries have been confirmed for the Wimbledon Wheelchair Tennis Doubles Event, a part of the ITF Wheelchair Tennis Tour, which takes place at The Championships on 4-6 July 2014.

The top three ranked doubles partnerships at the entry deadline, plus one wildcard pairing, make up the four pairings for the men's and women's events.

Rankings quoted are the singles and doubles rankings of players at the entry cut-off date of 12 May 2014, with the combined ranking being the best combined ranking for partnerships based on their singles or doubles rankings of 12 May 2014.

MEN Singles Doubles Combined Best Ranking

Stephane Houdet (FRA)/

Shingo Kunieda (JPN)

2

1

1

2

2

Maikel Scheffers (NED)/  

Ronald Vink (NED)

6

18

3

7

10

Frederic Cattaneo (FRA)/

Joachim Gerard (BEL)

10

4

8

6

12

Gordon Reid (GBR)

Tom Egberink (NED)

3

12

4

13

15 (WC)

 

WOMEN Singles Doubles Combined Best Ranking

Aniek van Koot (NED)/

Jiske Griffioen (NED)

3

4

4

1

4

Yui Kamiji (JPN)/

Jordanne Whiley (GBR)

2

5

2

3

5

Sabine Ellerbrock (GER)/  

Lucy Shuker (GBR)

1

8

5

8

9

Katharina Kruger (GER)/

Sharon Walraven (NED)

9

10

10

9

18 (WC)

 

The men’s entries include reigning champions Stephane Houdet of France and Shingo Kunieda of Japan, who were also the Australian Open champions in January this year and were runners-up at Wimbledon in 2010.

Maikel Scheffers and Ronald Vink also pair up again this year after the Dutch duo won the Wimbledon title in 2011, when Vink collected the third of his three Wimbledon titles to date.

Joachim Gerard makes his Wimbledon debut this year, having partnered Houdet to win the men's doubles last week at Roland Garros, where the Belgian clinched the first Grand Slam title of his career. Gerard partners former Wimbledon runner-up Frederic Cattaneo of France.

Dutchman Tom Egberink, one half of the winning partnership in 2012, and Britain's Gordon Reid have been awarded the wild card.

The women’s entries include two-time defending champions Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot of Netherlands, who claimed all four Grand Slam women's doubles titles in 2013.

Griffioen and van Koot beat Japan's Yui Kamiji and Britain's Jordanne Whiley in last year's Wimbledon final. However, Kamiji and Whiley are curently on course in their bid to emulate the Dutch duo's 2013 feat of winning all four majors after triumphing in Melbourne and Paris so far this year, beating Griffioen and van Koot in last week's Roland Garros final.

Britain's Lucy Shuker, a three-time runner-up at Wimbledon, pairs up with Germany's Sabine Ellerbrock this year. Both players bowed out in last year's semifinals with different partners, but had played their first two doubles events together this season, winning one and finishing runners-up in the other.  

Germany's Katharina Kruger and Sharon Walraven of Netherlands, winner of the women's doubles in 2010 and 2011 partnernig the now-retired Esther Vergeer, have been awarded the wild card for the women's doubles. 

A total of £50,000 in prize money is on offer in 2014 for the Wheelchair Tennis Doubles events at Wimbledon.



Photos

  • Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot (NED)Stephane Houdet (FRA) and Shingo Kunieda (JPN)
  • Yui Kamiji (JPN) and Jordanne Whiley (GBR)Maikel Scheffers and Ronald Vink (NED)

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