11 Dec 2017

Reid, Buis, Wagner seal year-end No.1 doubles rankings

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Photo: Mathilde DusolMarjolein Buis and Diede de Groot (NED)

Gordon Reid of Great Britain, Marjolein Buis of Netherlands and David Wagner of USA are the year-end No. 1 men’s, women’s and quad doubles players in the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Rankings.

While Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez, Japan’s Yui Kamiji and Wagner are the year-end No. 1 men’s, women’s and quad singles players, Sam Schroder of Netherlands and Antonella Pralong of Argentina complete 2017 as the year-end No. 1 players in the boys’ and girls’ Cruyff Foundation Juinor Wheelchair Tennis Rankings. 

Reid is the year-end men’s doubles No. 1 player for the second time in three years after overtaking Stephane Houdet of France with victory at the season-ending doubles championship on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, the UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters.

Reid’s triumph at the Doubles Masters alongside Alfie Hewett was the duo’s fourth title of the season. They also won their second successive Wimbledon title and added more success at the US Open in New York. Reid ended 2017 with three doubles titles from the four majors, having also won the Australian Open with Joachim Gerard in January to complete a career Grand Slam of doubles crowns.

In total Reid won five doubles titles during the year, also partnering Hewett to beat Houdet and Nicolas Peifer in the final of the SA Open Super Series in Johannesburg.

Buis is year-end No. 1 women’s doubles player for the first time in her career and is the sixth Dutchwoman to earn the accolade since 2003. Buis won 11 doubles titles with five different partners – Lucy Shuker, Aniek van Koot, Diede de Groot, Yui Kamiji and Sakhorn Khanthasit - in 2017. From the end of February to the end of June she teamed up with all five of those partners to win seven successive doubles crowns before finishing runner-up at Wimbledon with fellow Dutchwoman Diede de Groot.

Buis and de Groot won four titles together during the year, including Super Series titles at the SA Open and the British Open before pairing up to win the US Open in New York. Buis and de Groot completed 2017 with victory at the UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters on home soil in Bemmel, Netherlands.

Buis won four Super Series and two Grand Slam titles during the season, claiming her other two Super Series titles, at the Japan Open and the BNP Paribas Open de France, partnering Japan’s Yui Kamiji. Buis and Kamiji also triumphed at Roland Garros for their second Grand Slam crown after pairing up to win the 2016 Australian Open. Alongside four titles with de Groot and three with Kamiji, Buis also won two ITF 1 Series titles with another fellow Dutchwoman, Aniek van Koot.

Wagner is year-end world No. 1 in both quad singles and quad doubles for the eighth time. He won 11 doubles titles with three different partners in 2017.

Numerically, Wagner’s most successful partnership during the season was with fellow American Bryan Barten. Wagner and Barten won seven titles together, including Super Series titles at the BNP Paribas Open de France and the British Open.

Wagner also won three titles with Britain’s Andy Lapthorne. They won their third Australian Open as well as their first US Open together. Prior to their victory in New York Wagner and Lapthorne also teamed up to win the US Open USTA Wheelchair Championships – Wagner’s third Super Series title of the year.

Wagner ended his 2017 doubles campaign by renewing his highly successful doubles partnership with Nick Taylor. The three-time Paralympic champions won an unprecedented 10th UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters title together in Bemmel.

Eighteen-year-old Sam Schroder ends 2017 - his last year eligible for junior competition - as the year-end No. 1 boys’ singles player for the second successive season. After beginning the year by contesting the Cruyff Foundation Junior Masters in Tarbes, he enjoyed a successful season in the quad division, earning a career-best senior world ranking of No. 6 after winning three quad singles titles.

Sam now faces an extended period away from tennis as he undergoes treatment for ill health. The ITF and the wheelchair tennis family sends its very best wishes to Sam and his family for this period of treatment.

Antonella Pralong is year-end No. 1 in girls’ singles for the first time and ends the season ahead of 2016 year-end No. 1 Nalani Buob of Switzerland. She joins ITF Men’s Wheelchair World Champion Fernandez in giving Argentina two year-end world No. 1 ranked players.

The 16-year-old was runner-up in the girls’ singles at the Cruyff Foundation Junior Masters in Tarbes in January and since then she has claimed a series of senior and junior titles at tournaments across South America, earning a career-best women’s singles ranking at No. 23. After first going to No. 1 in the girls’ singles ranking in early July she has remained in the top spot since the end of October. 

The Junior Ranking is composed of 25 per cent of points from the eligible adult ranking points and all junior ranking points.