28 Apr 2014

ACSA SA Open Draws and Schedule

News Article

Photo: Reg CaldecottStephane Houdet (FRA)

Five of the world's top 10 ranked men, six of the world's top 10 ranked women and seven of the world's top 10 ranked quad singles players line-up for this weeks Airports Company South Africa SA Open, the second Super Series event on the 2014 ITF Wheelchair Tennis Tour, which beings at Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg, on Tuesday.

World No. 2 Stephane Houdet of France is the defending champion and top seed in the men's singles, while Britain's world No. 3 Gordon Reid, the runner-up to Houdet in 2013, is the second seed this year.

Dutchwoman Marjolein Buis won the first Super Series title of her career at last year's tournament in Johannesburg and Buis, currently world ranked No. 6, is the third seed for the women's singles this year. Germany's world No. 1 Sabine Ellerbrock is the top seed and, like Houdet, will bid to follow up victory at the Gauteng Open on Sunday.

All of this week's current world top four ranked quad singes players fill the top four places for the quad singles, as Britain's world No. 3 Andy Lapthorne sets out to try to retain his crown, having also won his first Super Series title in Johannesburg last April.

After contesting the Gauteng Open final on Sunday, USA's world No. 1 David Wagner and South Africa's world No. 2 Lucas Sithole are again the top two seeds. Therefore, they can only meet in this year's final, should they both progress that far, after Sithole beat Wagner for the first time in his career in last year's semifinals.

The singles draws and Tuesday's order of play can be downloaded below in PDF format.