Reid tops world rankings after Doubles Masters victory
on 10-11-2015 10:03
Gordon Reid has become the latest Brit to earn a world No.1 wheelchair tennis ranking after winning his second Doubles Masters title on Saturday in Mission Viejo, California.
Reid has gone to the top of the men’s doubles rankings for the first time in his career after partnering Frenchman Michael Jeremiasz to victory at the UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters, the ITF’s year-end championship for the world’s top doubles players. Fellow Brits Jordanne Whiley, Andy Lapthorne and Jamie Burdekin were runner-up in the women’s and quad doubles respectively.
Reid and Jeremiasz, runners-up at Wimbledon and at last year’s Doubles Masters, were unbeaten in their three round-robin matches in Mission Viejo before defeating Dutchmen Tom Egberink and Maikel Scheffers 7-5, 6-2 in the semi-finals. A tremendous first set performance set them up for a 6-1, 6-4 victory over top seeds and defending champions Joachim Gerard Stephane Houdet of France in Saturday night’s final. The victory avenged their loss to Gerard and Houdet in last year’s final.
“I’m really pleased to win the title after coming close last year. To reverse the result is really satisfying and to become doubles world No.1 is an added bonus,” said Reid, who has replaced Houdet at the top of the doubles rankings after also winning his first two Grand Slam doubles title titles this year at Roland Garros and the US Open.
"Now I’ve got my second Doubles Masters title I really want to add the singles equivalent in front of a home crowd.” Gordon Reid
“This week also gives me added confidence for the NEC Masters in London next month and now I’ve got my second Doubles Masters title I really want to add the singles equivalent in front of a home crowd.”
Whiley and Japan’s Yui Kamiji were unbeaten in their four first matches in Mission Viejo as they sought their third successive Doubles Masters title, but a close final ended in a 7-6(4), 6-4 loss to Dutch second seeds Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot. But, like Reid, Whiley is also now turning her attention to ending the year on a high at the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
“I'm not happy with my performance this week. I need to get back to work and some good training and make sure I’m as well prepared as possible for the NEC Masters on home soil in London." Jordanne Whiley
“I'm not happy with my performance this week. I need to get back to work and some good training and make sure I’m as well prepared as possible for the NEC Masters on home soil in London. That’s my next major target and I’ll be all out to end a memorable year in style,” said Whiley, who was named Disability Sportswoman of the Year at the Sunday Times and Sky Sports Sportswoman of the Year Awards on Friday night.
A tremendous year for Whiley to date has seen her become the first Brit to win a Grand Slam women’s singles title at the US Open after also winning her first Super Series singles title at the British Open. Whiley and Kamiji have also retained their Australian Open and Wimbledon doubles titles.
With a total of nine Brits on the Tennis Foundation’s Wheelchair Tennis Performance Programme having qualified for the Doubles Masters, Burdekin and Lapthorne were unable to follow up their straight sets round-robin victory over USA top seeds Nick Taylor and David Wagner in the quad doubles final. Taylor and Wagner earrned a narrow 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win. Meanwhile, Lucy Shuker and Germany’s Sabine Ellerbock finished fourth in the women’s doubles for the second successive year.
Reid, Whiley, Lapthorne and Shuker will now be among a world class field for the ITF 1 Series Nottingham Indoor on 18-22 November. All four Brits will then be among 20 of the world’s top wheelchair tennis stars vying for the titles at the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters in London on 2-6 December.
The last remaining tickets for the Masters are now on sale starting from just £2 for community groups and schools up to a maximum of £15 for the weekend semi-finals and finals. All kids can come along for a quid and there is an Activity Zone full of entertainment for all the family. Tickets can be purchased here: www.wheelchairtennismasters.com.