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Nov 23rd, 2004, 04:39 AM
Federer, Sharapova Earn ITWA Honors

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11/21/2004

Roger Federer has won all 10 finals he’s contested this year, but today the top-ranked Swiss enjoyed a double dose of success in sweeping a pair of prestigious titles on the same day.


The International Tennis Writers Association (ITWA) has unanimously selected Federer as the Player of the Year as well as honoring him with the ITWA’s Ambassador for Tennis award for his efforts to promote the sport.

Maria Sharapova won the women’s Player of the Year award while, in a result reminiscent of their race for the No.1 ranking, Lindsay Davenport and Amelie Mauresmo were neck and neck in the voting for the women’s Ambassador for Tennis award. The pair will share the honor after voting ended in a dead heat.

The 23-year-old Federer opened the season by capturing his first Australian Open title. He successfully defended his Wimbledon championship before crushing former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt to claim the U.S. Open and become the first man in the Open Era to win his first four Grand Slam finals. Federer is the first man since Sweden’s Mats Wilander in 1988 to win three majors in a single season.

"Roger’s an extraordinary talent and whas he’s achieved this year has been amazing, but he also works extremely hard with media and sponsors and that’s what makes him such a blessing to the game," said Eleanor Preston, co-President of ITWA. "Few No.1s in the history of tennis have done such a good job off the court as well as on it. He’s truly a pleasure to write about."

While she ended the year ranked No. 4, the 17-year-old Sharapova took the tour by storm this year, winning her first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon and grabbing the season-ending WTA Championships, considered by many players to be the "fifth major." The Russian was the first player to accomplish the feat since former No. 1 Lindsay Davenport did it in 1999. Sharapova’s stock has soared as an athletic endorser ?she recently signed a multi-million dollar endorsement deal with Canon ?and as the central figure in the billboard marketing campaign for the WTA Tour Championships.

"Maria’s rise to prominence has been nothing short of remarkable," said Matthew Cronin, co-President of ITWA. "She began the year ranked No. 32 with still a lot of holes in her game and ended the year as a gutsy, mature all-court player with enough weapons and determination to hang around the top-five for years to come."

Davenport and Mauresmo, who ended the year ranked No.1 and No.2 respectively, are both noted for their professionalism with the media and their willingness to go out of their way to ensure the growth of their sport.

"It’s hard to think of two more conscientious and giving players than Lindsay and Amelie," said Cronin. "They understand how important it is to give back to their sport and do so in a cheerful and thoughtful way."

In 2003, Federer and Belgium’s Justine-Henin Hardenne won ITWA’s player of the year awards, while Belgium’s Kim Clijsters and Morocco’s Younes El Aynaoui won the Ambassador for Tennis awards.

The ITWA presented the winners with Monteblanc pens.

no1mariafan
Nov 23rd, 2004, 07:59 AM
Well Done Maria! on becoming womens player of the year!! You deserve it.

DrChemicalX
Nov 23rd, 2004, 09:45 AM
Yes maria well done! So happy for you! You deserve it...

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Nov 23rd, 2004, 06:56 PM
Seems like many people care about her here... :rolleyes:

Dan23
Nov 23rd, 2004, 10:26 PM
Seems like many people care about her here... :rolleyes:
Actually Luis this was posted in the GM a few days ago so some of us already replied to it..:)
..but anyway it is a great achievement at such an early stage in Maria's career :worship:

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Nov 24th, 2004, 03:11 AM
Actually Luis this was posted in the GM a few days ago so some of us already replied to it..:)
..but anyway it is a great achievement at such an early stage in Maria's career :worship:

this is suppposed to be our sacred shrine though... :sad:

Dan23
Nov 24th, 2004, 03:28 AM
this is suppposed to be our sacred shrine though... :sad:
:lol:
Yes it is Luis ;)

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Nov 24th, 2004, 04:09 AM
People can raid Maria in the GM but we can praise Maria at here.... this is not for Maria fans, but for MAria SHarapova

andrewbroad
Nov 24th, 2004, 09:28 PM
Congratulations Maria!

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