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Interesting this because I thought this award automatically went to the end-of-year #1's. It always seems to have done in the past.

Congratulations Jen - HOW MANY awards has she won this year!?! <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

<br />Saturday December 1 9:33 PM ET <br />Hewitt and Capriati Named 2001 World Champions<br />MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's Lleyton Hewitt and Jennifer Capriati (news - profile - photos) of the United States have been chosen as tennis's world champions for 2001, International Tennis Federation president Francesco Ricci Bitti said Sunday.

Although the official announcement won't be made until next week, Bitti confirmed that Hewitt and Capriati had won the major prizes.

The award is decided by a panel of ITF judges. They take into account player performances in major tournaments, including the grand slams and teams events such as Davis Cup and Fed Cup, instead of just relying on the computer rankings.

Hewitt was an obvious selection for the men's award after winning the U.S. Open (news - web sites) and then finishing the year as the youngest world number one in history.

Capriati was a less obvious choice. The American won the Australian and French Open (news - web sites) titles but finished the year ranked second behind Lindsay Davenport (news - profile - photos).

Venus Williams (news - web sites) also had strong claims to the title after winning the Wimbledon (news - web sites)-U.S. Open double for the second year running.

Sweden's Jonas Bjorkman (news - profile - photos) and Australia's Todd Woodbridge were chosen as the men's doubles champions while Lisa Raymond of the United States and her regular partner, Australia's Rennae Stubbs, won the women's award.
 

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Well Done Jen!!!

She's winning all the newspapers' 'Comeback of the Year Awards'

YAY!!

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suprised as well , the ITF changed its policy again, they had said they would give its World Champion Tag to whoever was #1 at end of year.

congrats Jen <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> well done
 

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Congrats to Capriati <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> <br />This award USED to go to female the "panel" felt was #1, and it leaned heavily towards the majors. So in 1994, for example, the ITF chose Sanchez over computer #1 Graf, and rightly so I felt.

But since 1998, the ITF seemed to automatically follow the computer. Davenport in 1998-even though Hingis had the better year in majors, Hingis in 1999, even though Davenport had th ebetter year in majors, and Hingis again in 2000, even though she went slamless. So while I'm happy for Capriati, I 'm not sure what criteria the panel is using. Like TBE says, they've changed again! Had they remained consistent it would have been:

1998 Hingis<br />1999 Davenport<br />2000 Williams

[ December 02, 2001: Message edited by: Rollo ]</p>
 

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Maybe they are acknowledging the new ranking system which takes effect in 2002, plus the fact that Jen won two Grand Slams and was only TEN points from finishing the year as #1.
 

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Congrats to Jen! <img src="cool.gif" border="0">

But to be honest if Davenport didn't get the world champion tag, I thought it should've gone to Venus Williams, who won 2 grand slams and 6 tournaments overall! <img src="confused.gif" border="0"> But oh well. I think this is a much better way too. IMO the world champions of the last 4 years should be:

1998: Davenport<br />1999: Hingis<br />2000: V.Williams<br />2001: V.Williams
 

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Jennifer certainly deserves it <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> .

It must have been very difficult to chose between her and Venus though.
 

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I think if Venus had finished #2 and Jen #3, then they would have given it to Venus - they probably didn't want to stray too far away from the #1 ranking!!!
 

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Venus should have gotten it.

She beat Jennifer in one of the slams and IMO that victory could have been the most important in deciding the World Champion.

I dont know how Jennifer did in Fed Cup either!?

IMO: Give it to Arantxa <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
 

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Great news for Jennifer. I hope this gives her the added motivation to work her butt off during this brief tour break. It would be thrilling to see her return to Aus looking at fit and ready to go as she did this past year (Monica too, please!).

As for her deserving the award, I think wholeheartedly she deserves it.

She won 2 straight GS and then 2 semi-finals. that says it all. Good Luck in '02 JenCAP!
 

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First the US did not compete in the Fed Cup, duh! <br />Second Jen didn't lose in the first round of a slam.<br />Third Jen actually picked up a racket after the US Open.

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But shouldn't they judge by how many tournaments the player has won too. Jennifer only won 3 and that was back in the clay court season, while Venus won 6 and Lindsay won 8. The semi that Capriati got to at the slams could easily be replaced by the tournamnets Venus won becuase Venus only lost in the first round once and the other one was a SEMI. BTW, I think they judged it by the "story", also the rankings if Venus did not have to defend all those points then she would have ended the year #1. Congrats anyways, Jen.
 

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I kind of like the ITF awards better, seeing as they wisely made Julie and Ai world Champs last year. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

As far this years singles awards goes...I think you could make a good case for any one of three girls winning, it was quite close all in all.
 

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Well done Jennifer, I am usually in agreement with the ITF world champion selections, and have no disagreement with this one either <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 

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Why do people keep saying 'if Venus didn't have to defend all those points...' - it makes no difference, the end-of-year ranknigs reflect the results of the year. Last year's results mean nothing.
 

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WOW, very surprised they changed it. Bur Jen did deserve it this year. Congrats Jen! <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 

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"if Venus did not have to defend all those points then she would have ended the year #1. "

If Venus had played better in the first half of the year (ie: not losing the the first round of the FO, NOT getting her butt whooped by Martina in Oz, playing a warmup to Oz, etc. etc,.), or played after the US Open (though the circumstances in this case were more than reasonable), then perhaps she would have ended the year number one.

However, she didn't, so she isn't.

Maybe next year.
 
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