December 5, 2006
LONDON (AP) -- Roger Federer (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/42/) and Amelie Mauresmo (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/166/) received the International Tennis Writers Association's Player of the Year and Ambassador for Tennis awards on Tuesday.
Federer won both honors for the third consecutive year.
The top-ranked Swiss star won a tour-high 12 titles in 2006, including three Grand Slams: Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and Australian Open.
Mauresmo won her first major titles this season, at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.
ITWA also praised the players for their efforts to bring new fans to tennis and to promote the sport.
Dec 6th, 2006, 12:50 AM
congrats to Ame and Roger
Dec 6th, 2006, 01:17 AM
amelie and roger :yeah:
i hope amelie continues to scoop up the rest of the POY awards :)
Dec 6th, 2006, 02:08 AM
Let's just get it out of the way and give Federer, the International Tennis Writers Association's Player of the Decade and Ambassador for Tennis awards.
Dec 6th, 2006, 02:13 AM
congrats to Ame and Roger
Congrats to both indeed.
Dec 6th, 2006, 02:16 AM
Congrats Amelie & Roger :clap2: :clap2: both of them certainly deserve these accolades :worship:
Dec 6th, 2006, 05:55 AM
I really wish Roger would win the French so "they" can stop talking about Pete Sampras being the best ever...he's so not! :rolleyes:
Heck, I really wish Mauresmo would win the French...:lol:
Dec 6th, 2006, 07:33 AM
well deserved for both of them
Dec 6th, 2006, 07:36 AM
yes get in, allez amelie, well deserved :)
Dec 6th, 2006, 08:43 AM
Dec 6th, 2006, 08:52 AM
Had to be either Amelie or JuJu for the prize, both equally deserving. But the writer's chose the one who won 2 GS titles. So, with that being said, she deserved most. =)
Dec 6th, 2006, 09:00 AM
I always love to read the names Federer and Mauresmo together! A just don't like to see them in the same category when it comes to RG, go figure why. ;)
Delighted for Amelie although I'm not sure I wouldn't have chosen Justine myself. But it is thoroughly deserved.
Dec 6th, 2006, 09:47 AM
Ame and Roger, my babies :drool: :hearts:
Dec 6th, 2006, 10:26 AM
Amelie and Roger:kiss: :banana:
Dec 6th, 2006, 11:48 AM
Amelie :hearts: :yeah: truely deserved.
Dec 6th, 2006, 01:36 PM
Dec 6th, 2006, 03:25 PM
Roger was a no brainer, however, the women^s choice is a close one. True Amelie won one more slam but Justine had the best overall record and won the YEC defeating both Maria and Amelie to become the #1 ranked player. Therefore, I think Justine deserves the POY, slightly more than Amelie does. Still, congrats to Amelie for a great year.
Dec 6th, 2006, 03:37 PM
Dec 6th, 2006, 03:37 PM
Dec 6th, 2006, 04:42 PM
Roger and Ame:worship: :worship: :woohoo: :banana: :rocker:
Dec 6th, 2006, 04:46 PM
Well deserved :)
Dec 6th, 2006, 07:09 PM
I always love to read the names Federer and Mauresmo together!
Me too :hearts: :hug:
It's the "Rogélie" concept :cool:
I just don't like to see them in the same category when it comes to RG, go figure why. ;)
:secret: they'll win it together next year, just don't tell anyone ;)
Congrats Rogélie!!! :bounce:
Dec 6th, 2006, 08:33 PM
I agree with this award. Amelie and Roger both won the most majors.
Dec 6th, 2006, 09:32 PM
Federer, Mauresmo Capture
Both of ITWA's Year-end Awards
The International Tennis Writers Association (ITWA) has recognized Roger Federer and Amelie Mauresmo’s incredible achievements on and off court during 2006 by giving them both of its annual awards.
The tennis writers voted both Federer and Mauresmo their Player-of-the-Year award and also honored them with ITWA's Ambassador for Tennis award, which recognizes players who go out of their way to advance the sport on a global level. It’s the third year in succession that Federer has received both of the organization’s annual accolades.
Among his tour high 12 titles, the top-ranked Swiss won three 2006 Grand Slams – the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. He also won the season ending Tennis Masters Cup-Shanghai and ended the season as World No.1 for the third year running.
ITWA’s 106 members (from 17 countries) voted for him as their Player-of-the Year ahead of two-time Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal.
“Roger’s dominance of the tour off clay was simply astounding,” said ITWA co-president Matthew Cronin. “He’s set to break Jimmy Connors all time record of consecutive weeks at No. 1 in February and with his remarkable all-round game, he has a fine chance to win the calendar year Grand Slam in 2007.”
Tennis journalists also recognized Federer’s consistent professionalism and his attempts at bringing new fans into the sport. He beat the likes of thoughtful American James Blake to pick up his third ITWA Ambassador for Tennis Award. “Roger’a behavior off court hasn't changed at all despite the [greatly] increased demands that he has to face,” said ITWA board member Marco Keller of Sportsinformation of Switzerland. “He still is as friendly and caring as when he was the up-and-coming kid, and is fully aware of the legacy that he has towards tennis. He’s willing to give as much as he possibly can.”
While she ended the year ranked No. 3, the 27-year-old Mauresmo had her best year at the majors, winning her first two Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. The Frenchwoman also reached the semifinals of the U.S. Open and the fourth round of Roland Garros.
Despite a lingering injury, Mauresmo also came close to defending her Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Championships title, where she fell in the final to her great rival Justine Henin-Hardenne. But it was Mauresmo’s title runs in both Melbourne and London that convinced the writers that she was deserving of their Player-of-the-Year honor.
“It was a difficult choice because Justine reached the finals of all four Slams and won the Tour Championships, and Maria Sharapova also had a fantastic year, winning her second Grand Slam at the U.S. Open and three Tier One titles, but Amelie’s superior performance at the two majors sealed it,” said Cronin. “We expected Amelie, Justine and Maria to all be competing for the number one ranking during the 2007 season.”
Mauresmo faced tough competition for the Player of the Year award from Henin-Hardenne, Sharapova and Switzerland’s Martina Hingis, who finished anked No. 7 in her comeback year.
A true humanitarian, Mauresmo is a contributor to the Curie Institute of France (for cancer research) as well as the Phil Collins Little Dreams Foundation. She also finds extra time to promote the sport that she has been playing since the age of four and it is that professionalism which earned her ITWA’s prestigious Ambassador for Tennis award.
“Amelie is a hugely popular amongst those who cover the sport and a real asset to the game,” said ITWA’s co-President Eleanor Preston. “Her andour, wit and intelligence has earned the affection and admiration of the public and media alike.”
ITWA board member Cecile Soler of France’s Le Figaro added, "It's been thrilling to watch Amelie grow into a top class player and a well-deserved Grand Slam winner. From the girl then, to the woman now, she has remained bright, witty, warm and sincere. She’s someone you want to write about to inspire the young generation."
The International Tennis Writers Association was formed six years ago to represent the select group of journalists who travel the globe, week-in and week-out, covering tennis for the written and broadcast media. ITWA includes members from 17 countries and the coverage they provide brings tennis to millions worldwide. ITWA is committed to working with the sport's governing bodies, tournaments, agents and players both to improve the working conditions of tennis journalists and to gain recognition for the media's vital role in the promotion of the sport.
Dec 6th, 2006, 09:50 PM
My two faves!
Dec 7th, 2006, 02:47 PM
:woohoo: Congrats to AMELIE:bounce: :worship: :yippee:
Dec 7th, 2006, 03:10 PM
Congrats to both :banana:
Dec 7th, 2006, 03:23 PM
Congratulations to Amelie and Roger :)
Dec 7th, 2006, 04:09 PM
Congrats to Momo! :bounce:
And to the Swiss Machine, He really deserve this award. :worship:
Dec 7th, 2006, 04:13 PM
Dec 7th, 2006, 07:29 PM
Bravo Momo and fedex ! :drool:
Dec 10th, 2006, 01:33 AM
i also like the concept rogelie :lol:
:worship: :worship: you too absolutely rocks