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TheBoiledEgg
Jun 2nd, 2004, 07:02 PM
Yannick Noah (FRA)http://www.itftennis.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/IO_3385_gallery.JPGPhotographer: Paul Zimmer Date: 02 Jun 2004

ITF World Champions 2003, with ITF President Francesco Ricci Bittihttp://www.itftennis.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/IO_3389_gallery.JPGPhotographer: Paul Zimmer Date: 02 Jun 2004


Women’s Wheelchair World Champion 2003, Esther Vergeer (NED) :hearts: :drool: http://www.itftennis.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/IO_3391_gallery.JPGPhotographer: Paul Zimmer Date: 02 Jun 2004
David Hall (AUS), Men’s Wheelchair World Champion 2003http://www.itftennis.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/IO_3390_gallery.JPGPhotographer: Paul Zimmer Date: 02 Jun 2004

ITF Junior World Champions Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) & Kirsten Flipkens (BEL)http://www.itftennis.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/IO_3392_gallery.JPGPhotographer: Paul Zimmer Date: 02 Jun 2004

ITF Doubles World Champion Virginia Ruano Pascual (ESP) with ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti (absent: Paola Suarez (ARG))http://www.itftennis.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/IO_3388_gallery.JPGPhotographer: Paul Zimmer Date: 02 Jun 2004


Bob and Mike Bryan, ITF Doubles World Champions 2003, with ITF President Francesco Ricci Bittihttp://www.itftennis.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/IO_3387_gallery.JPGPhotographer: Paul Zimmer Date: 02 Jun 2004


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2004 ITFJunior World Singles Champion Marcos Baghdatis


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2004 Junior World Singles Champion Kirsten Flipkens


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2004 ITF Junior World Doubles Champion Scott Oudsema

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2004 Junior World Doubles Champion Andrea Hlavackova

TheBoiledEgg
Jun 2nd, 2004, 07:04 PM
World Champions Honoured in ParisThe ITF honoured its 2003 World Champions on Tuesday 1 June, at the annual ITF World Champions Dinner at the Pavillon d’Armenonville in Paris. The 2003 World Champions were presented with their statuettes by ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti in a special awards ceremony. Pictures can be found in a special Photo Gallery (http://www.itftennis.com/abouttheitf/gallery/) here on the ITF's website.

The ITF presented its highest accolade, the Philippe Chatrier Award, to French star Yannick Noah in recognition of his wide-ranging and far-reaching contributions to tennis. Named after former longstanding ITF President Philippe Chatrier, the award is bestowed upon people or organisations who, in the opinion of the ITF Board of Directors, have made an exceptional contribution to tennis.

In 1983 Noah became the first Frenchman to win Roland Garros since 1946, defeating Mats Wilander in the final. He went on to achieve a career-high ranking of No. 3 in singles and No. 1 in doubles. A dedicated team player, Noah played for his county in 22 Davis Cup ties with a 39-22 individual win-loss record. As a captain, he led his country to its first Davis Cup title in 59 years when France defeated the United States in Lyon in 1991. Noah again captained France to Davis Cup victory in 1996, before leading France’s Fed Cup team to its first Fed Cup title in 1997.

Noah has been an ITF ambassador for Wheelchair tennis, but his contributions do not stop at tennis. His concern for others has seen him invest time and effort into creating two charities - both run by his mother Marie-Claire Noah – for the benefit of children less fortunate than himself. Les Enfants de la Terre provides a temporary home for children in need, while Fete le Mur gives free use of sports facilities to children and teenagers from under-privileged backgrounds.

Noah joins an illustrious group of Philippe Chatrier Award winners that includes Stefan Edberg, Chris Evert, Rod Laver, Nicola Pietrangeli, former IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch, long-term Davis Cup sponsor NEC, Jack Kramer and, last year, Billie Jean King.

The ITF named Andy Roddick (USA) and Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL) as singles World Champions for 2003. Both athletes enjoyed outstanding seasons, with Roddick winning his first Grand Slam title at the US Open and reaching the semifinals at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. Henin-Hardenne won two Grand Slam titles, at Roland Garros and the US Open, and was a semifinalist at both the Australian Open and Wimbledon.

Neither Roddick nor Henin-Hardenne were able to be at the dinner, but both sent audio messages of thanks for their awards and expressed their disappointment at being able to attend.

In the other award categories, the ITF has honoured the following players for their exceptional accomplishments last year: Men’s Doubles: Bob & Mike Bryan (USA); Women’s Doubles: Virginia Ruano Pascual (ESP) & Paola Suarez (ARG); Boys’ Singles: Marcos Baghdatis (CYP); Girls’ Singles: Kirsten Flipkens (BEL); Boys’ Doubles: Scott Oudsema (USA); Girls’ Doubles: Andrea Hlavackova (CZE); Men’s Wheelchair: David Hall (AUS); and Women’s Wheelchair: Esther Vergeer (NED).

ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “I want to extend my congratulations to all of the ITF World Champions. Their performances last year delighted all of us who love the sport of tennis and the ITF is proud to honour this outstanding group of players.”

In addition to celebrating the achievements of the ITF World Champions of 2003, the dinner also commemorated ITF Junior Tennis. A new book, 18 & Under, has been produced to celebrate over 25 years of the ITF Junior Circuit, and Martina Hingis was presented at the dinner with one of the first copies.

Other stars to attend included Swedish Davis Cup captain Mats Wilander, French Davis Cup and Fed Cup Captain Guy Forget, Mary Pierce, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, Henri Leconte and Arnaud Boetsch.

thecatinthehat
Jun 2nd, 2004, 07:06 PM
nice

ghosts
Jun 2nd, 2004, 07:13 PM
finally great pics of Kirsten :) ;)

Andrea :hearts:

croat123
Jun 2nd, 2004, 07:58 PM
andrea :hearts:

Grachka
Jun 2nd, 2004, 08:03 PM
Kirsten :hearts:
Esther Vergeer :drool:

Thanks TBE :)

grmbl
Jun 2nd, 2004, 08:04 PM
Wooohoooo!!! Esther!

It was a great year for her! What a great carreer did she has!

She won 21 tournaments in a row and won 43 of the last 44 tournamenst!

Good luck in Athens!

Elske
Jun 2nd, 2004, 08:19 PM
aaaah Kirsten :worship: :hearts: :inlove: :drool:

TatiAnnahølic
Jun 2nd, 2004, 08:22 PM
awwww Andrea :hearts:

esquímaux
Jun 2nd, 2004, 09:20 PM
Kirsten looks like Laurie Sposit! :D

Cersei
Jun 2nd, 2004, 09:23 PM
aaaah Kirsten :worship: :hearts: :inlove: :drool:
:fiery: she's mine :boxing: ;) :kiss:

Kirsten :drool:

foreva lindsay
Jun 2nd, 2004, 09:44 PM
:hearts: bryans!!!

Come-on-kim
Jun 3rd, 2004, 04:17 AM
Kirsten :drool: Stunning

Brαm
Jun 3rd, 2004, 10:35 AM
If Esther were playing on the WTA Tour, SHE would be the prettiest of them all ;)

Thanks for the pictures ;)

katrientje
Jun 3rd, 2004, 12:29 PM
I saw something on tv about this and Kirsten looked indeed absolutely stunning!!

katrientje
Jun 3rd, 2004, 12:50 PM
You can see four more pictures of Kirsten on her official Website. Just go to www.kirstenflipkens.be (http://www.kirstenflipkens.be) and click on foto's

Svennovitch
Jun 3rd, 2004, 01:01 PM
Kirsten :kiss: