Rugby Fives Association, 9th December 2022
Following his sixth consecutive National Singles title, Dan Tristao has returned to the top of the newly updated rankings, compiled by Will Ellison. Dan does just enough to overtake Ed Kay, who lost in the semi-finals at Oundle.
There was some speculation about whether Ed’s conqueror, Ben Beltrami, could break into the top three on the back of his appearance in the final of the National Singles. But, while he did close the gap to third-placed Will, he hasn’t yet done enough to overtake him.
Otherwise, with the last 16 of the nationals broadly following the seedings, there was little movement elsewhere in the top 10. However, lower down, Oscar McIntyre moves into the top 20 for the first time, while Ben Kirwan climbs eight places to 21st, and Penn Chai jumps 30 places to 38th.
The new rankings also take into account the Challenger tournament that was held on the same day as the final of the National Singles – and the two finalists, Simon Beattie and Louise Mathias, climb up the rankings, to 30th and 37th respectively.
However, given that the latest tournaments included singles events only, there has been no change in the Doubles rankings, where Will Ellison remains comfortably at Number One.