Earlier today in Australia, the Australian Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships 2015 entries were announced. The women participating include Yui Kamiji, Aniek van Koot , Jiske Griffioen, Sabine Ellerbrock, Jordanne Whiley, Marjolein Buis, Sharon Walraven, and Katharina Kruger. The men participating include Shingo Kunieda, Stephane Houdet, Gordon Reid, Gustavo Fernandez, Nicolas Peifer, Maikel Scheffers, and Joachim Gerard. The quad players competing include David Wagner, Dylan Alcott, Andy Lapthorne, and Lucas Sithole. One spot remains to be announced, the last spot in the men’s single event.
Japan Kunieda enters the competition as the returning men’s single winner and current world number one. Great Britain’s Wagner holds the same position in the quad single’s event. Ellerbrock won the women’s single event last year and is currently ranked fourth in the world. Since 2013, she has managed to be ranked first in the world but fierce competition has prevented her from keeping that position. Japan’s Kamiji currently holds the number one position on the women’s side, and is looking to improve on her second place finish in last year’s competition which she lost to Ellerbrock in sets of 3 – 6, 6 – 4 and 6 – 2.
The competition is scheduled to start on January 28 and run until January 31 at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Victoria. It is the first Grand Slam event of the year on the calender of wheelchair tennis.