These rankings, which take account of results from the Yorkshire and West of England Championships, are the last rankings to be published ahead of the forthcoming National Singles Championships. As such, they determine the four players exempt from qualifying (Tristao, Ellison, Grant, and Kay), and will also be a primary input into the seeding for the Qualifiers and for the Finals weekend.
Both lists see Dan Tristao take over from Will Ellison in top spot following his double success in the WofE. In both the Singles and the Doubles (partnering Dan Grant) Dan triumphed in close 3-game matches with Will featuring as opposition in both finals (in the Doubles with Ed Kay).
In the Singles there was some interest to see how far Ben Beltrami would climb up the Singles after his QF win in the WofE against Dan Grant. Ben has ended up at No. 7, but the gaps between the players ranging between Ed Kay at No. 4 to Richie Murby at No. 9 are close, and there may well be further shuffling amongst these players in future rankings. Elsewhere, WofE Plate Winner Peter Hanton moves up into the top 30, whilst Yorkshire Plate Winner Ed Hawke, and Ben Jourdan (who defeated Neil Roberts at Giggleswick) are new entries.
In the Doubles, David Butler enters the top 10 following his win with Dan Tristao in Yorkshire. Ben Beltrami (at No. 6) and Ollie Arnold (at No. 13) also make upward progress in the top 20. Further down the list, significant rises are achieved by Ben Jourdan, Tom Watkinson, Peter Hanton, and Ben Smithson. Giles Munn and Lawrence Taylor are new entries.
** Nov 2nd 2015: A minor update has been made to the singles rankings following receipt of the results of the Yorkshire Singles Plate. This affects the rankings of Ben Jourdan, who is now a new entry in the revised rankings, and Neil Roberts who drops down a couple of places.
** Nov 6th 2015: The singles rankings have been further updated to correct an error from the WofE Plate results. As a result, Adam George remains at no.18 rather than dropping down to no. 22 as previously published. Ben Smithson will have to wait before he makes an appearance in the singles rankings!
To see the full official rankings, just click on the link below.
Official RFA rankings (opens in separate window).
The official RFA rankings are prepared by Dave Hebden.