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Aug 3rd, 2006, 07:47 PM
Ai Sugiyama Receives 2006 Acura Classic Loyalty Award

The Acura Classic presented Japanese tennis star Ai Sugiyama with its annual “Loyalty Award” on Wednesday during the night session. The Loyalty Award has been given each year since 1998 as a way for the Acura Classic to honor a player who has shown extra special support for the tournament year after year. In the past, the award has gone to a stellar list of players including Nathalie Tauziat, Steffi Graf, Monica Seles, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Venus Williams, Conchita Martinez, Lindsay Davenport and Mary Pierce.

This year marked Sugiyama’s 12th straight year competing at the Acura Classic. A tireless veteran who frequently plays both doubles and singles, she reached the finals in both events last year. Throughout her history with the Acura Classic, Sugiyama has reached the quarterfinals five times, and her record includes victories over such players as Steffi Graf, Jennifer Capriati, Kim Clijsters, Mary Pierce and Svetlana Kuznetsova. She won the doubles competition here in 2003 with partner Kim Clijsters.

Noted Promotion Sports’ Raquel Giscafré: “Ai Sugiyama has not only been one of our most loyal players over the years, she has also been a true friend to the tournament. Her determination on the court is matched by her sweetness off the court. We particularly appreciate her generous help in attending sponsor events, autograph sessions with fans and other tournament activities. Notably, she also holds an amazing Acura Classic record for most time spent on the court in a single year. Last year by reaching both finals, Ai logged over 18 ½ hours of match play!”

Aug 3rd, 2006, 07:50 PM
what a nice field to be counted in.

Aug 3rd, 2006, 08:03 PM
Well deserved award for Ai :yeah:

Aug 3rd, 2006, 08:04 PM
12 straight years :bowdown:. That's quite a nice list of players who have received it before, and Ai certainly deserved it. Congrats Ai!

Aug 3rd, 2006, 08:24 PM
Ai :worship: A great honour, and what a list :)

Aug 3rd, 2006, 08:39 PM
Well done Ai! 12 years, that's some commitment. When you look at the other players she joins, that's exceptionally cool.

Aug 3rd, 2006, 09:00 PM
that is great! Ai is great

Aug 3rd, 2006, 09:11 PM

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Aug 3rd, 2006, 09:23 PM
Classy award for a classy player! Congrats Ai! :bowdown:

Aug 4th, 2006, 09:10 AM
Ai deserves this so much. :kiss:

Aug 4th, 2006, 10:57 AM
Cool. She seems a really nice lady. :cool:

Aug 4th, 2006, 11:12 AM
fully deserved, ai :hug:

Aug 4th, 2006, 11:23 AM
Well done to Ai :)

Aug 4th, 2006, 11:33 AM
That's great :D

When I read the title I thought that the "Loyalty award" was something they just made up at the top of their heads yesterday to spite the Williams Sisters :p

Aug 4th, 2006, 11:42 AM
Yay for Ai :D

Aug 4th, 2006, 12:37 PM
Classy award for a classy player! Congrats Ai! :bowdown:Perfectly said! Congrats Ai!

Aug 4th, 2006, 12:44 PM
Ai :worship::hearts:

Aug 4th, 2006, 12:58 PM
That's great for Ai :)