11 Aug 2014

Peifer replaces Miki in US Open field

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Photo: Takeo Tanuma PhotographyNicolas Peifer (FRA)

Frenchman Nicolas Peifer will play in his second Grand Slam of the year after replacing Japan's Takuya Miki in the men's field for the US 2014 US Open Wheelchair Tennis Competition, part of the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

World No. 1s Yui Kamiji  and Shingo Kunieda of Japan and David Wagner of USA headline the field of 20 players for the final major of the season, which takes place in New York on 4-7 September.

World No. 8 Peifer, who was awarded the men's wild card for Roland Garros in June, will play in New York after world No. 7 Miki withdrew with a shoulder injury.

The top seven ranked players as of the ITF Wheelchair Tennis Rankings of 21 July 2014, plus one wildcard, originally made up the eight players for the men's and women's events. The top three ranked players as of 21 July, plus one wild card, make up the four players for the quad event.

Peifer will be one of three Frenchmen contesting the men's singles and doubles at the US Open alongside world No. 2 and defending champion Stephane Houdet and world No. 10 Michael Jeremiasz, the recipient of the wild card. South Africa's Kgothatso Montjane is the recipient of the wild card for the women's event and USA's Nick Taylor is the wild card for the quad event.

In the women’s field, 20-year-old will Kamiji will look to win her first US Open after becoming the world No. 1 player in both singles and doubles this year.

Kamiji, who also became the top-ranked junior player in 2011, won her first women's singles Grand Slam title at Roland Garros and the women's doubles titles with Brit Jordanne Whiley at the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon this year, meaning that she and Whiley will be vying for the Grand Slam in women's doubles events.

Dutch defending singles and doubles champion Aniek Van Koot, 23, will bid for her second consecutive US Open title after winning in both Melbourne and New York last season en route to becoming ITF World Champion for the first time.

Van Koot and her countrywoman Jiske Griffioen also completed the women's doubles Grand Slam in 2013.

Kunieda, 30, will look to win his fifth US Open singles title since 2007, while Peifer returns to the tournament where he reached his first Grand Slam final in 2010.  

The United States will be represented by the three-time Paralympic quad doubles gold medallists Wagner and Taylor in the quad singles and doubles. Wagner will be looking to win his third US Open quad singles titles after back-to-back crowns in 2010 and 2011.

Wagner lost to South Africa’s Lucas Sithole in three sets in the 2013 quad singles final as Sithole made history by becoming the first African player to win a wheelchair tennis title at a Grand Slam tournament.  

Wagner and Taylor will look to put their names on the quad doubles trophy for a sixth time, being the only team ever to hoist that trophy.

(Figures in brackets denote world ranking at cut-off date of 21 July 2014)

Men Women
Shingo Kunieda (JPN) (1) Yui Kamiji (JPN) (1)
Stephane Houdet (FRA) (2) Aniek van Koot (NED) (2)
Gordon Reid (GBR) (3) Sabine Ellerbrock (GER) (3)
Gustavo Fernandez (ARG) (4) Jiske Griffioen (NED) (4)
Joachim Gerard (BEL) (5) Jordanne Whiley (GBR) (5)
Maikel Scheffers (NED) (6) Marjolein Buis (NED) (6)
Nicolas Peifer (FRA) (8) Sharon Walraven (NED) (7)
Michael Jeremiasz (FRA) (10) (WC) Kgothatso Montjane (RSA) (8) (WC)


David Wagner (USA) (1)
Lucas Sithole (RSA) (2)
Andy Lapthorne (GBR) (3)
Nick Taylor (USA) (6) (WC)