The three defending champions have been successful in holding on to their Sydney International titles after the tournament wrapped up on Sunday. Jiske Griffioen won the women’s title for the fourth time in five years while the men’s was won by Nicolas Peifer for his second straight time with Dylan Alcott wrapping up a hattrick of titles.
The event in Sydney kicks off the Wheelchair Tennis season as the first event on the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Super Series. It also serves as the main preparation these athletes get ahead of the first Grand Slam of the year in Melbourne.
It took Griffioen no time at all to win her final as she showed why she is the world number one, easily beating her compatriot Diede de Groot. It was just de Groot’s second Super Series final and she was thoroughly outplayed in a 6-1, 6-2 loss.
After losing to Alfie Hewett in the Rio 2016 round of 16 Peifer exacted some revenge as he managed a straight sets victory in the men’s singles final. The first set was tight with Peifer just managing to win 7-5 but he cruised in the second set, claiming a 6-1 victory.
With a home crowd behind him Alcott wrapped up a hat-trick of Sydney titles going through the round robin perfect. Alcott has been dominant in recent years and looks the unbackable favourite to win the Australian Open.
Peifer won two titles while in Sydney as he also claimed the men’s doubles, as he rejoined Stephane Houdet with whom he won the Rio 2016 Paralympic gold medal. The two Frenchmen, currently the world’s number one doubles combination defeated the British pairing of Hewett and Gordon Reid 6-3, 7-6.
Griffoen also won two titles, claiming the women’s doubles title with her compatriot Aniek van Koot, but needed the super set. After the first set was claimed easily by Yui Kamiji and Lucy Shuker 6-1 the Dutch pair fought back and won the second 7-5 before winning the super set 10-6.