Will Ellison finishes the 2015-16 season at the top of both the Singles and Doubles rankings following some great results over the year, including wins in both the National Singles & National Doubles. This is the first time that Will has headed both lists at end of season. Dan Tristao achieved that distinction last season, but before that, the last occurrence was Hamish Buchanan way back in 2005-06.
Unusually, we have have the same sequence of players in both lists at positions 2, 3, and 4. Dan Tristao, Dan Grant, and Ed Kay occupy these positions giving perhaps a clear “pecking order” across the two disciplines of the game for the past season.
In the Singles, Will picked up 6 of the 9 open trophies on offer, only losing twice, both times to Dan Tristao, in the London and the WofE. The other event, in Scotland, was won by David Butler, his first ever, and the first by a Bradfieldian since Roger Layton won the NofE back in 1992. Ed Kay picked up both the University and U25 titles. Elsewhere, Ben Beltrami continues his progress moving up to No. 5, and Julian Aquilina, who was a quarter-finalist in the National Singles, comes into the top 10 at No. 9. Matt Shaw rises to No. 11, while Ollie Arnold, Andrew Boyd, Peter Hanton, and Henry Jefferies all move into the top 20. We have 12 new entries in total, the highest being Giles Munn who comes in at No. 29.
The seven open Doubles trophies were shared around a little more. Will Ellison picked up 5 titles, Dan Tristao and Dan Grant both 3, Charlie Brooks 2, and David Butler 1. The two “Invitation” events were won by Ed Hatton with Andy Pringle (South East) and Jez Sinton with Archie McCreath (Scotland). Matt Shaw won both the University and U25 Doubles, the former with Ben Beltrami, and the latter with Ed Kay. Outside of these title winners, Ollie Arnold, Theo Parker, Julian Aquilina, James Tilston, and Adam George make good progress in the top 20. Ben Jourdan from Edinburgh Academy deserves mention for moving up to No. 22, whilst the somewhat more battle scarred Alex Rew moves up to No. 24 after his semi-final appearance with Jim Hughes in the WofE. We welcome as many as 24 new entries into the rankings this season, including Louise Mathias, who joins Alexandra Steel as the second female player in the Doubles Rankings.
It’s good to report that 2015-16 produced an all time record for total singles entrants over the season, and by some margin. Interestingly, the total Doubles entrants was only an average year. One factor in this was the record National Singles entry (59), whilst maybe the current youngish profile of tournament attendees is reflected by these good singles numbers.
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.