Reid ends 2016 as world No.1
Originally published on 05/12/16 00:00
Despite losing in the final of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters in London, the 25-year-old Paralympic gold medallist finished the year top of the ITF Wheelchair Tennis Rankings.
His victory over Frenchman Stephane Houdet in the semi-finals saw Reid regain the No.1 spot in a year that he won the Australian Open and Wimbledon titles as well as singles gold and doubles silver at the Rio Paralympics.
“It feels incredible to be world No.1," Reid told BBC Sport. "It has been the best year of my career and to come here in the last tournament of the year and take the No.1 spot off Stephane shows I have earned it.
However, Reid was unable to add icing to his memorable year as he in lost 4-6 6-4 6-4 to defending champion Joachim Gerard in the final at the Olympic Park
“It reminds me that I can’t just roll on and win every match,” Reid admitted. “I’ve still got a lot of things I need to work on, that I feel I can improve.”
Meanwhile, Andy Lapthorne lost to Israel’s Itay Erenlib in the semi-finals of the quad singles but will also finish the season as the world No.1 in doubles.
Andy Murray ends 2016 as the world No.1 following a remarkable six months in which he only lost three matches since the French Open final in June, while his brother Jamie is one half of the world's best doubles team with Brazilian partner Bruno Soares.