In that space between the Sydney International and the Australian Open the International Tennis Federation (ITF) has released the updated world rankings for wheelchair tennis on Wednesday. There are a number of changes throughout the rankings but the most intrigue comes in the men’s singles.
The men’s singles sees the top two tied on points with Gordon Reid and Stephane Houdet locked on 4531 points. That gives the number one ranking to Reid by virtue of having played fewer tournaments, having played 14 to Houdet’s 20 in the rolling year.
That ranking creates an interesting battle going in to the Australian Open as whoever of the two of them finishes top will be world number one. In third place, some distance behind is Belgian Joachim Gerard and almost 1000 points further back is Argentine Gustave Fernandez in fourth.
Houdet gets revenge over Reid in the men’s doubles as he tops the doubles rankings with his partner Nicolas Peifer in second. Reid sits third in the doubles ranking with his partner Alfie Hewett in fourth place, those two pairings well ahead of the rest of the pack.
The women’s singles rankings are unsurprising, and a sea of Dutch players with four of the top five being Dutch. Unsurprisingly Jiseke Griffioen is the top, over 1500 points clear of the second placed Japanese player Yui Kamiji.
Diede de Groot climbed up to fifth, up from ninth at the end of last year, pushing her to her highest position ever. Marjolein Buis is in third and fellow Dutch player Aniek Van Koot rounds out the Dutch athletes in the top five.
In the doubles it is Kamiji who sits at the very top of the doubles rankings, as a lone Japanese athlete, her partner being British player Lucy Shuker. Shuker sits down in seventh, with the two Dutch combinations filling positions two through five.
Dylan Alcott remains on top of the quad rankings, extending his lead after defending his title in Sydney, now 700 points clear. In second in those rankings is American David Wagner who now jumps to the top of the doubles rankings despite a loss in the quarter-finals, jumping up from third.
The new rankings have allowed the ITF to make the draw for the Australian Open, placing those highest ranked in the seeded positions. That draw was released by the ITF on Wednesday with the Wheelchair draw set to begin play on the 25th.