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tennisIlove09
Feb 25th, 2005, 05:43 AM
ATP, WTA To Hold Combined Awards At Four Seasons In Miami
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Photo By Art Seitz By Tennis Week
02/24/2005

Several of tennis' top men and women will spend a night to remember together at the Four Seasons Hotel in Miami next month. The ATP and WTA Tours will host a combined awards ceremony for the first time to honor its finest players and tournaments at a new event called Stars for Stars — A Celebration of Tennis Excellence.
Several of tennis' top men and women will spend a night to remember together at the Four Seasons Hotel in Miami next month. The ATP and WTA Tours will host a combined awards ceremony for the first time to honor its finest players and tournaments at a new event called Stars for Stars — A Celebration of Tennis Excellence.

Four Seasons Hotel Miami, in association with NetJets, will host the event on March 22nd on the eve of the NASDAQ-100 Open.

The evening’s activities will be highlighted by the 2004 Pro Tennis Choice Awards Presented by Waterford Crystal. The Sony Ericsson WTA Tour will announce its 2004 Player of the Year Award, certain to be one of the most anticipated announcements of the evening. The nominees are Lindsay Davenport, Justine Henin-Hardenne, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Anastasia Myskina and Maria Sharapova. Doubles Team of the Year, Most Improved Player, Newcomer of the Year and Comeback Player of the Year awards also will be announced during the awards ceremony.

ATP and its premium partner Mercedes-Benz will present Roger Federer with its 2004 Player of the Year Award that honors the winner of the INDESIT ATP Race. Federer also is a nominee for the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award along with Carlos Moya, Paradorn Srichaphan and Sargis Sargsian. Other ATP awards include the prestigious Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year. The popular Fans’ Favorite Award Presented by RICOH, as voted by visitors to ATPtennis.com, will also be announced.

Top players along with tennis dignitaries and children participating in First Serve will present the Waterford Crystal trophies. The Tennis Channel will film a behind-the-scenes special about “Stars for Stars” to be aired at a later date. The luxurious setting for the evening will be the Four Seasons Hotel Miami, which rises 70 stories above Brickell Avenue to dominate the city's sparkling skyline.

"I am absolutely thrilled that the ATP, Mercedes-Benz and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour have chosen Miami and the Four Seasons Hotel Miami as hosts for this event," says Butch Buchholz, chairman of First Serve and NASDAQ-100 Open. "Tennis has some of the most recognized athletes in the world and we will showcase our sports finest athletes in an absolutely beautiful setting here, all for a worthy cause supported by players and forward-thinking organizations such as NetJets, the private aviation choice of many top-ranked tennis players. It’s wonderful that the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour and ATP are working closely together on joint initiatives, and we’re all happy to be part of what we hope will be the start of a great tradition here in Miami."

tennislover
Feb 25th, 2005, 02:00 PM
Martina should be given an award as well...